Microbiota and horizontal gene transfer
Microbes are connected with the immune system, and altering gut microbiota (GM) composition and function might improve health. Changing species representation through dietary or lifestyle modifications may be difficult because of the small effects of the factors influencing GM composition. The host selection and competition of resident microbes limit the strain engraftment necessary for the effect of fecal transfers and probiotic cocktails. The goal of the EU-funded MiMoZa project is to determine the horizontal gene transfer (HGT) rates of specific functions within the gut microbiome. Researchers aim to determine the HGT rates within the animal gut under natural and HGT-enhancing conditions. They plan to develop methods to examine HGT in metagenomic datasets and determine the relative importance of the factors influencing HGT.
Fields of science
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologygenetic engineeringgene therapy
- medical and health sciencesbasic medicinepharmacology and pharmacypharmaceutical drugs
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesgeneticsDNA
- medical and health sciencesbasic medicineimmunology
- medical and health scienceshealth sciencesnutrition
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Funding SchemeMSCA-IF - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
14850 Ithaca Ny
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