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  • This Perspective explores the relationship between screening endoscopy and colorectal cancer incidence, examining available evidence and offering insights into the discrepancies between real-world and trial evidence alongside potential pitfalls with interpreting the data.

    • Hermann Brenner
    • Thomas Heisser
    • Michael Hoffmeister
    Perspective
  • Histological assessment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is essential for clinical practice as it outlines diagnosis and lays the foundation of medical care. This Perspective summarizes the advancements in digital histology and discusses current and future applications in NAFLD.

    • Arun J. Sanyal
    • Prakash Jha
    • David E. Kleiner
    Perspective
  • Tackling fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), one of the major causes of liver cirrhosis, is critical in improving patient outcomes. This Perspective discusses potential strategies to develop better antifibrotic therapies in NASH, from the discovery process to future clinical trials.

    • Paul N. Brennan
    • Ahmed M. Elsharkawy
    • Jonathan A. Fallowfield
    Perspective
  • The appendix is thought to have a role in the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis but the association remains unclear. In this Perspective, the authors consider the biology of the appendix with respect to its immunological function and the microbiome, and how this relates to its possible involvement in ulcerative colitis.

    • Manasi Agrawal
    • Kristine H. Allin
    • Jean-Frederic Colombel
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  • Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are changing endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, including computer-assisted detection and diagnosis, computer-aided navigation, robot-assisted intervention and automated reporting. This Perspective introduces the role of AI in computer-assisted interventions in gastroenterology with insights on regulatory aspects and the challenges ahead.

    • François Chadebecq
    • Laurence B. Lovat
    • Danail Stoyanov
    Perspective
  • Archaea are an overlooked member of the human gut microbiota. This Perspective discusses key characteristics of archaea, their role in human health and physiology, and the clinical relevance of methanogenic archaea in the human gastrointestinal tract.

    • Christoph Hoegenauer
    • Heinz F. Hammer
    • Christine Moissl-Eichinger
    Perspective
  • The history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a role model for successful basic, translational and clinical research. In this Perspective, the authors chart a timeline of breakthroughs in hepatitis C research, from discovery to cure.

    • Michael P. Manns
    • Benjamin Maasoumy
    Perspective
  • Multiomics advance our understanding of disease progression and can facilitate drug discovery. In this Perspective, current knowledge and applications of omics platforms in inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis and in identifying risk factors are discussed.

    • Manasi Agrawal
    • Kristine H. Allin
    • Tine Jess
    Perspective
  • Ceresa et al. discuss machine perfusion technologies for liver preservation and transplantation, including the potential of hypothermic and normothermic machine perfusion to improve preservation time and organ quality, as well as the future applications of perfusion technologies.

    • Carlo D. L. Ceresa
    • David Nasralla
    • Peter J. Friend
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  • In this Perspective, Duan, Young and Schnabl explore the effects of bacteriophages on the gut microbiota and the potential applications of phage therapy for treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Limitations and challenges of phage therapy for gastrointestinal diseases are also discussed.

    • Yi Duan
    • Ry Young
    • Bernd Schnabl
    Perspective
  • Humans and their microbiota are intrinsically linked. Owing to dynamic interactions within the gut, nutritional science needs to incorporate the microbiome. This Perspective re-examines the history, rationale and future prospects of chemically defined diets (enteral or parenteral) in relation to the burgeoning understanding of the human microbiota.

    • Tiffany Toni
    • John Alverdy
    • Victoria Gershuni
    Perspective
  • Autoimmune diseases share patterns of gut microbiome perturbation and immune dysregulation linked to intestinal barrier dysfunction. In this Perspective, the authors examine dietary tools for precise engineering of the gut microbiome and discuss the potential for diet-based therapies to modulate host–microbiome interaction in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

    • Mathis Wolter
    • Erica T. Grant
    • Mahesh S. Desai
    Perspective
  • This Perspective highlights an accumulating body of literature that outlines a direct role for oral-associated bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease pathogenesis. The authors propose a model by which oral-associated species might expand in the inflamed intestinal environment to exacerbate inflammation.

    • Emily Read
    • Michael A. Curtis
    • Joana F. Neves
    Perspective
  • The efficacy of faecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of a range of diseases varies. In this Perspective, Sokol and colleagues discuss the relevance of various recipient factors that influence faecal microbiota transplantation success such as inflammation, immunity and genetics.

    • Camille Danne
    • Nathalie Rolhion
    • Harry Sokol
    Perspective
  • Although COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and its causative agent, SARS-CoV-2, principally infects the respiratory tract, extrapulmonary manifestations are observed. This Perspective explores the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with COVID-19 and the putative underlying mechanisms, discussing experimental evidence on SARS-COV-2 gastrointestinal infection and the potential for faecal–oral transmission.

    • Meng Guo
    • Wanyin Tao
    • Shu Zhu
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