Our gut is home to trillions of bacteria, numbering more than the cells in the rest of our body, and these bacteria help us to digest our food, absorb nutrients and strengthen our immune system. This complex bacterial ecosystem, called the gut microbiota, also helps to prevent bad bacteria from colonising our bodies and making [...]
The lining of the small intestine has a very complicated architecture, partly to increase the surface area through which it can absorb nutrients. It is covered in microscopic folds, called villi, with pits, known as crypts, between them. In these crypts are stem cells that drive the continual renewing of cells lining the surface. When this process [...]
Campylobacter is the most frequent cause of foodborne illness in the UK, with an estimated half a million annual cases in the UK alone, most of which are due to the consumption of contaminated poultry products. One strategy to reduce the number of cases is to reduce the levels of endemic Campylobacter in poultry by [...]
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