Interest in probiotics and their healthful links to gastrointestinal ailments has spurred the recent launch of the National Institute of Health’s Human Microbe Project. Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas is heavily involved in many of these studies; they received $3.7 million to map human bacteria genome.

Most recently, Dr. James Versalovic, a genetecist with the college, received a $750,000 grant to research the impact of bacteria on IBS in pediatrics. His studies are expected to explore methods of treating children without the use of invasive surgery. Dr. Robert Shulman, a pediatrics professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a practicing gastroenterologist, believes bacteria composition plays a major role in adult and child abdominal pain.

This is all very exciting and interesting news in the intestinal bacteria and probiotic front!

Read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6526164.html