Beyond Bifidobacteria

Although traditional microbiology culture methods have enabled some assessment of the selectivity of prebiotics, new molecular techniques that enable analysis of non-cultivable bacteria are starting to be applied in studies investigating the impact of prebiotics on the colonic microbiota. Almost certainly, other bacterial populations that are affected by the intake of current prebiotics will emerge. While evidence to date supports the beneficial role of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the intestinal tract (11,12), they are but two of a multitude of bacterial genera within the intestinal microbiota that potentially confer benefits to the host. As we gradually shed light on the activities of newly identified intestinal bacteria and their interactions with the host in health and disease new beneficial and detrimental organisms will be undoubtedly be identified. The challenge will be to find or design selective prebiotics to modulate populations and activities of these particular organisms.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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