Athletic Microbiome Could be Fitness Gut Check

06:37 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

No guts, no glory is often a mantra that top athletes ascribe to when trying to excel in their respective sport. However now, researchers from George Church’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School along with investigators at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have begun to chant the same adage, but for a wholly different reason. The scientists developed the idea of surveying the gut microbiota of elite athletes to determine if they have a natural edge from the bacteria that inhabit their digestive tracts. Amazingly, while studying the microbiome from exceptional runners and rowers, the research team identified bacteria that may aid athletic performance. Data from this new study was presented recently at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) through an article entitled “FitBiomics: Understanding elite microbiomes for performance and recovery applications.” The goal is to develop probiotic supplements that ...

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