Gut Bacteria Linked to Rare Autoimmune Disease – UCSF

Scanning electron micrograph sem of a number of pseudomonas aeruA new study led by UC San Francisco scientists shows that a bacterium commonly found in the human gut is overrepresented in patients with a rare, often disabling autoimmune disease known as neuromyelitis optica, or NMO. The researchers suggest that the greater population of this bacterium,Clostridium perfringens, that they observed in NMO patients may play a role in development of the disorder. [read on]

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