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Gut microbiota — at the intersection of everything?

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Over the past decade, numerous studies have found an association between the gut microbiota composition and many diseases. However, is it reality? Or is the truth hidden in the shadow of several thousand publications a year with inflated expectations in almost any disease?

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Figure 1: Gut microorganisms at the intersection of several diseases.

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P.D.C. is a research associate at FRS-FNRS (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique) and the recipient of grants from FNRS (convention J.0084.15, convention 3.4579.11), PDR (Projet de Recherche, convention: T.0138.14) and Walloon region DG06-FSO project (Microbes 1510053). His work is supported by the FRFS-WELBIO under grant: WELBIO-CR-2012S-02R, and, in part, by the Funds Baillet Latour (Grant for Medical Research 2015). P.D.C. is a recipient of POC ERC grant 2016 (European Research Council, Microbes4U_713547) and ERC Starting Grant 2013 (Starting grant 336452-ENIGMO).

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Cani, P. Gut microbiota — at the intersection of everything?. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 14, 321–322 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrgastro.2017.54

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