Bugs as Drugs, Microbiome Dealmaking Poised to Take Off

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Probiotics, prebiotics, medical food and supplements have been commercially available as OTC products for some time. These products claim to support human health by restoring the balance of the gut microfl ora in favour of ‘benefi cial’ bacteria, most notably lactobacilli and bifi dobacteria.

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Article | March 11, 2020

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