There are more genes in your microbiota than stars in the universe

Our health (not only gastrointestinal health) depends on these microorganisms. Knowing them perfectly is essential if we want to have a strong health, and that’s what they’re working on at Harvard.   The Human Microbiota in numbers There are approximately one quadrillion stars in the universe. In other words, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 incandescent balls in the skies.…

Skipping breakfast is a matter of genes

A study conducted by the universities of Harvard (Boston, United States) and Murcia, among other participants, has associated six gene variants with breakfast so for the first time a genetic component of this habit has been acknowledged.   The research This research, published last June 13th in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” has also…

Carbs: demolishing myths

Carbohydrates are a source of energy and nutrition essential to any balanced diet. However, this food group has always been surrounded by false beliefs that have resulted in many people removing them from their diets.   Laura González, Head of Nutrition and Health at Nestlé, once again puts the spotlight on the second level of…

A rare, fatal disorder was corrected in eight newborns by ‘touching their DNA’

The clinical trial In patients with Parkinson’s, melanoma, leukemia, HIV, hemophilia… gene therapy is envisaged as a valid option in more and more diseases. Now, a new clinical trial shows that it could also “safely” correct the immune systems of newborns diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening hereditary disorder: X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (X-SCID). At…