‘FishTaco’ sorts out who is doing what in your microbiome

Research has suggested that microbes which live inside and on our bodies can greatly affect our health. Researchers have implemented a method called FishTaco for short (Functional Shifts’ Taxonomic Contributors) to help further our understanding. The idea is, if we can figure out how the microbes affect our health and which microbe contributes to what, we can, in turn, prevent or treat many conditions, be it via diet, drugs, or other techniques.

Key Takeaways:

  • Earlier research has found, for example, that changes in the species composition of bacterial communities living in our intestines lead to imbalances in the set of metabolic processes the microbiome can perform.
  • Such imbalances are associated with several conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
  • These observations suggest that it might be possible to prevent or treat these conditions by altering the composition of species in our microbiome through diet, drugs, or other techniques and restoring its functional capacity.

“A growing body of evidence indicates that the trillions of microbes that live on and inside our bodies affect our health.”