The microbiome includes not just bacteria, but also fungi, viruses and parasites. While most of the attention has been on bacterial components of the microbiome, new research links a commensal yeast found on human skin to disease severity in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
In a new paper published in Cell Host & Microbe, Limon et al. examined commensal fungi associated with both Crohn’s disease patients and healthy controls and identified a fungal agent more abundant in disease patients which might exacerbate inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
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