The Genetic Origins of Gut Bacteria

With support from Helmsley’s IBD and Crohn’s Disease Program, the Genetics, Environmental, Microbial (GEM) Project is working to understand the causes of Crohn’s disease by collecting data from healthy family members of patients to track those who develop the disease over time.

Led by Professor Kenneth Croitoru at the University of Toronto in Canada, a new study using data from the GEM Project reveals that one-third of the bacteria within participants’ gut microbiome had a genetic factor.

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