Some choice quotes:
Researchers have more than just a gut feeling they’ve discovered one of the keys to living a longer, healthier life, especially as we age.Emphasis on we by me. Jumps right in there and basically says this study is about people even though it is not.
But this research goes further, study authors said, putting gut bacteria shifts “into a hierarchical, causal relationship and highlights the points where we can intervene.”Where we can intervene in all the premature aging that happens in the fruit flies in our houses.
“If we can understand how aging affects our commensal population (the bacteria that live inside us) — first in the fly and then in humans — our data suggest we should be able to impact health span and life span quite strongly,” Jasper said. “Because it is the management of the commensal population that is critical to the health of the organism.”How does Jasper go from their fruit fly study to "we should be able to impact health span and life span quite strongly."??????? Again, I love fruit flies. And I love their microbiome. I think that Drosophila is a great model system for studying animal microbiomes. I have even coauthored a few papers on Drosophila and the microbes that live in and on it. Examples include
- Bacterial communities of diverse Drosophila species: ecological context of a host–microbe model system
- Phylogenomics of the reproductive parasite Wolbachia pipientis wMel: a streamlined genome overrun by mobile genetic elements
- Yeast Communities of Diverse Drosophila Species: Comparison of Two Symbiont Groups in the Same Hosts