Public exhibitions:

Friends in low places

Friends in low places. Thinkstock

The team

From the University of Reading and the University of Oxford:

The science behind the exhibit

Trillions of bacteria live in our guts in an adaptable community that responds to dietary and environmental influences. Live bacteria are also present in many fermented foods and probiotic products and, if they survive the acidity of the stomach, can act as friends to our resident bacteria. ‘Good’ bacteria in the gut inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, help with digestion and absorption of nutrients and interact with our immune system. It is vital to understand this because impaired interaction can result in wide-ranging health implications.

What to expect

Join us on a journey of a probiotic through the gut:


News and updates

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