Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For two decades, scientists and doctors have relied on blood types to categorize patients. Depending on whether one is blood type A, B, AB, or O, doctors could alter their treatment to increase their chances of a successful procedure. But there's a new way for people to be categorized medically — gut bacteria. New research shows that there are three distinct ecosystems in people's guts that could have direct effects of people's heath. We talk with Carl Zimmer, science reporter for our partner The New York Times, who reported on this story in yesterday's paper.

Guests:

Carl Zimmer

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [5]

Arthur from France

To "Jon from NYC"
Yes it does, the biome changes along your diet,
The biome start to form itself while the baby is still in the mother's uterus.
Then it change along your life, to adapt to Maternal milk, then common food...
And depending on what you eat the biome change.

Apr. 24 2012 02:29 PM
Aljanssens from Berlin Germany

Does where you are born, in what year, in what season, breast fed by mom, or wet nurse add to this mix?

Apr. 22 2011 05:38 AM
Pat from PA

Well done. I knew something was wrong and that different gut responses to treatment and people had to be biologically based. If this theory isx going to a success, is not to be doubted. It is just that the average person may not respond well until you express how these facrors will impact the survival/cure rates. Then they will love you, but there is always justa little fallout whenever you add something new. So, if you could ndo this in a way that can be shown to be successful, e.g., for this group of people this factor enables 25% greater cure rate, with no change to anything or anybody else, and it helps the body health under these circumstances. The faithful will call regularly. I can't wait to find out more.

Apr. 21 2011 05:40 PM
a g from n j

hand it to npr,to give us a fragmented piece meal view of health. you never have a complimentary or holistic view on medicine,that would give comprehensive and useful, applicable information. instead,you do tabloid media style,"this is the next big breakthrough whatever",spot coverage,which serves no purpose, other than create flash in the pan transitory excitement,whether waranted or not.

Apr. 21 2011 08:47 AM
Jon from NYC

Does changing one's diet affect one's biome?

Apr. 21 2011 08:36 AM

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