Mining The Microbiome: Are Gut Microbes The Next Big Source Of Drugs?
There is growing interest in the gut microbiome as a source of new therapies across a wide range of diseases. Although it is still an emerging field, pharmaceutical firms and other investors are engaging, with more expected to follow.
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