The potential role of gut microbiota at birth in programming future health

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Recent research has shed light on the importance of gut microbiota both during pregnancy and early life

Despite recent research that shows the placenta is not sterileas previously thought, gut microbiota colonization in the first days and weeks after birth appears to have enormous significance for post-natal life, says Professor Olivier Goulet, from Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades (Paris, France).

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