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Blood test can pre­dict gut mi­crobes di­ver­sity

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

Sci­en­tists

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.

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