Thursday, 27 March 2014

The influence of the microbiome on aging

We live with millions of microorganisms and these bacteria have a critical impact on our health and diseases. In addition to their effects on disease, studies have begun to suggest that microbes influence something much more intrinsic to their host — the aging rate.

In the current issue of Cell, a minireview highlights recent research showing that microbiota in invertebrates directly and indirectly influence the host genome to affect longevity. Beyond the presence or absence of bacteria, specific bacterial species have unique effects on host aging. (2014, Cell 156, 408.)

Posted by Tim Sandle