Chapter 18 : Bacteria: Old and New Health Tools

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Over a century ago, Élie Metchnikoff proposed that human health could be improved and senility could be reduced by manipulating the intestinal microbiota with the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt. Metchnikoff received a Nobel Prize in 1908 for his discoveries on phagocytosis, the ability of white blood cells to engulf and deactivate pathogenic agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Although Metchnikoff could not have imagined everything we now know about the intestinal microbiota and its variations depending on age or diet, his ideas were visionary.

Citation: Cossart P. 2018. Bacteria: Old and New Health Tools, p 135-141. In The New Microbiology: From Microbiomes to CRISPR. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670117.ch18
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