Posts Tagged ‘microbiome’

Microbiome bomb

by wil — Oct 1, 2011

Using broad-spectrum antibiotics against a specific strain of bacteria is like dropping a nuclear bomb on a machine gun nest.

Antibiotics = Microbiome Killer

Studies have revealed some alarming costs of taking antibiotics, which don’t discriminate between disease-causing bacteria and our natural microbiome. Graphed below is the diversity of gut bacteria from one important genus (Bacteroides) in a patient who took a weeklong course of clindamycin; different colors represent the different species. For nine months after exposure, the subject’s gut was left with nothing but one type, a clindamycin-resistant strain of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. Even two years out, the flora had not regained their former diversity.The Wired Atlas of the Human Ecosystem