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Scientists unravel probiotics gut defence
Date: 2011-02-01
Author: Carl Holm
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Australian and Japanese scientists have uncovered the mechanism by which probiotic bacteria protect the gut from E. coliinfection. Over the last few years, scientists have found that lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria have health-promoting effects, but until now exactly how they did this wasn't fully understood. The human gut is home to a wide variety of microbes that have beneficial effects, including aiding gut function and protecting against illness and infection. One of these, a probiotic known as Bifidobacterium, modulates host defence responses and protection against infectious diseases.

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