Researchers have developed a microfluidic chip that allows bacteria and human epithelial cells to be co-cultured. The device will allow researchers to study how the gut and bacteria interact, helping them to identify the role of the microbiome in health and disease.
With reported involvement in a huge array of diseases, including cancer, autoimmune diseases, infections and inflammatory diseases, the human microbiome is receiving increasing attention from researchers. However, one of the major hurdles in studying how the microbiome affects the body is the tendency of bacteria to quickly overwhelm and kill human cells when they are grown together in a cell culture dish.
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