Blood test can predict gut microbes diversity
at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle have developed a way to predict the diversity of microbes in an individual’s gut by examining certain chemicals in the blood. The researchers explored the link between some small molecules present in a person’s blood, and the number of strains of microbes in their gut. According to the study, this has created the possibility for developing a fast, cheap, and reliable blood test to identify individuals with low gut microbe diversity. “Our findings allow us to evaluate the structure of the microbiome through the lens of host physiology. We believe the microbiome’s reflections in the host are the best way forward to determine what is a healthy microbiome,” said Nathan Price, associate director at ISB and an author of the research paper.
It may not match the feeling of winning a world championship but Polish climber Marcin Dzienski’s feat of racing and defeating an elevator up 23 meters will certainly have given him a lift. The 2016 world champion who is regarded by many as one of the top speed climbers, took 12.12 seconds to achieve the feat in Warsaw. Few would have given Dzienski a fighting chance in the man-versus-machine battle up six floors, but the 26-yearold defied all expectations to climb up a specially designed wall and pip the elevator in a close contest.
Dzienski, who honed his skills as a youngster scaling apple trees in his grandfather’s orchard, is raising awareness about sport climbing which will make its Olympic debut next year.