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Complexity of the microbiome and the importance of functionality over composition

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Published: 21.09.17
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Prof Christian Jobin - University of Florida, Gainsville, USA

Prof Christian Jobin talks to ecancer at the Microbiome in Cancer and Beyond 2017 meeting about the importance of microbiome functionality over composition. He describes his shift in research from cell signalling pathways to understanding those interactions with the surrounding microbiome, and how important that is.

He emphasises the importance to investigate the groups of microorganisms which function to either suppress or induce neoplasia, and how these species can drastically vary between individuals, yet their functionality could still remain much the same. Monitoring your personal microbiome is a complex analysis, and may not simply solved by taking probiotics, as these species may not be relevant, or just pass through.

He also talks about the potential for the microbiome to change with age, and as we get older we may lose microbial members, an area for further research.

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