September 6, 2013

MedCity News

Startup Second Genome examines the bodys microbes to find ways to treat diseases

By studying the interactions between our bodies and our microbes, a startup hopes to find new ways of treating disease.

The trillions of microbes that live in our bodies play an important role in our health and disease, but researchers have found that understanding this diverse and complex stew of bugs is daunting.

One company, Second Genome, has turned to DNA analysis and biochemical studies of mixtures of microbes and human cells in culture to better explain things. The company ultimately wants to identify therapeutics that restore balance to an off-kilter community by changing its composition or its effects on the human body.  

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