Title
Microbes central to human reproductionMicrobes central to human reproduction
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Research group
Environmental Ecology & Microbiology (ENdEMIC)
Publication type
article
Publication
New York,
Subject
Biology
Human medicine
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
American journal of reproductive immunology / American Society for the Immunology of Reproduction. - New York, 1989, currens
Volume/pages
73(2015):1, p. 1-11
ISSN
1046-7408
ISI
000346271000001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
As studies uncover the breadth of microbes associated with human life, opportunities will emerge to manipulate and augment their functions in ways that improve health and longevity. From involvement in the complexities of reproduction and fetal/infant development, to delaying the onset of disease, and indeed countering many maladies, microbes offer hope for human well-being. Evidence is emerging to suggest that microbes may play a beneficial role in body sites traditionally viewed as being sterile. Although further evidence is required, we propose that much of medical dogma is about to change significantly through recognition and understanding of these hitherto unrecognized microbehost interactions. A meeting of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics held in Aberdeen, Scotland (June 2014), presented new views and challenged established concepts on the role of microbes in reproduction and health of the mother and infant. This article summarizes some of the main aspects of these discussions.
Full text (open access)
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