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W.M. Keck Foundation funds study of friendly microbes

of the microbial community and human physiology. To do so, the researchers will use a new type of mass spectrometer with an unprecedented capacity to accurately and rapidly identify these metabolites.

"We very grateful to the Keck foundation, which has committed itself to funding high-risk projects designed to overcome key obstacles in emerging fields in science so that rapid progress can subsequently be made," Gordon says. "Their support of our studies of the genomic and metabolic foundations of mutually beneficial (symbiotic) relationships between microbes and humans will allow light to be shed on this previously mysterious interior world. Our objective is to understand how the human body functions as a carefully woven fabric of interacting species. Ultimately, such understanding promises to provide new ways of fortifying health and preventing or treating a variety of diseases both inside and outside of the gastrointestinal tract."


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Source:Washington University in St. Louis


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