What fly guts could reveal about our health

Posted by: | August 3, 2017 | Comments


Two Macquarie researchers are co-authors on a pair of intriguing papers about gut bacteria.

The two new studies reveal that the gut bacteria composition affects nutritional choices as well as reproduction using common fruit flies as a model system.

The discoveries provide an exciting illustration into how microbes in the gut can influence host animals, which could be important for understanding the effects of the gut microbiota on physiology and cognitive function in humans in the future.

Dr Fleur Ponton, is the last author on both studies and is based at Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

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