The international MS microbiome study (iMSMS, www.imsms.org) may shed light on the role the gut flora plays in MS.
Many people are familiar with the concept of gut flora- the bacteria and other organisms that live in the digestive tract quietly, not causing disease- but often my patients are less familiar with the terms microbiota and microbiome.
Here are a few definitions:
microbiota- the microorganisms that populate our bodies without causing infection
THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2016
FACT SHEET: Announcing the National Microbiome Initiative
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