A New Universe of Medical Research

Alabama is well represented in this newest field of medical research. Perhaps more promising than the genome is the new frontier of the microbiome — your gut microbes and “all of the bugs that are living in symbiotic relationship with us.”

Dr. Haydeh Payami is relating the microbiome to her longtime study of Parkinson’s disease. In Birmingham, a researcher wants to discover what specific microorganisms in the stomach cause Parkinson’s disease. In Mobile, the goal is finding new and better treatments for cancer. And in Huntsville, they’re trying to create better antibiotics…

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