The role of gut microbes in multiple sclerosis

Billions of microbes live inside the human body, especially in the gut where there are hundreds of thousands of different species (bacteria and viruses). Many of these are beneficial and play an important role in the immune system.

Researchers have shown that these microbes could also play a role in diseases, such as type-1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. They have also shown that in laboratory animals that have been manipulated to show an MS-like disease (known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis), gut microbes can affect myelin development. Myelin is a fatty material…

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