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February 1, 2011 / Martijn

Genetically Engineered Probiotics

Public interest in probiotics is on the upswing, if the glut of advertisements for probiotic yogurts—those with added doses of beneficial bacteria—is any evidence. Scientists are bringing this traditional therapy into the 21st century by genetically engineering the microbes to enhance their effect on the immune system. They hope the new bugs will ultimately help treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as other disorders that result from an overactive immune system.



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