Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Kyla, Oct 11, 2016.
The biome results - is there actually enough understanding of this to say which of two biomes is 'better', or reflective of a disease state. Diet can massively change the biome as an example, as can exposure to outside influences - both of which may vary in a severely affected CFS patient.
As they say, they need to do a bigger study on twins.
I'm a monozygotic twin, with a healthy other half, and would like to know where I went wrong to get what I've got. We both tended to get the same illnesses and even have the same kinds of accidents while we were growing up.
It would be good if you and your twin could sign up to a biobank, as I am sure monozygotic twins are in hot demand:
There seems to be a universal finding that less diversity is associated with a variety of health problems and western guts in general are less diverse than those of people eating traditional diets, not to mention the few examples of traditional hunter gatherers.
I haven't had a chance to read the detail of the study yet - am particularly interested in the virome study.
@alicec Would I be correct in thinking that prokaryotic viruses are the same thing as bacteriophages?
Yes. A phage is a virus that infects a bacterium. I am not sure if the same term is used for a virus which infects an archaeon (also a prokaryote). Archaea are present in the gut though in small amounts compared with bacteria.
I would be surprised if 34 year old healthy twins had the same microbiome. Has there been any study of that?
There does appear to be a heritable component to the microbiome - ie host genes play a role. Here is a report of an interesting recent study.
But after you've moved out and not been living with someone for a decade, it looks lots less similar.
No useful cite other than it was mentioned on this week in virology.
The recent twin study found that at least a dozen microbes are heritable and that these are temporally stable.
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