Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour

This review appears in Nature Reviews Neuroscience and explores the experimental evidence for a “microbiota–gut–brain axis” that may modulate brain function and behavior. Though personally I’m not convinced there’s anything more in the data presented here than associations (rather than causality), it makes for an interesting reading and is worth following up on.

http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v13/n10/abs/nrn3346.html

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One Response to Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour

  1. JoLab says:

    Here’s another take on the idea of microbiota and behavior modulation (it appears in this week’s issue of Science): http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6104/198.full.pdf

    Somehow, the Science piece, with its examples from nature, seems more convincing. Thoughts?

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