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The role of prebiotics in gastroenteric health

The role of prebiotics in gastroenteric health


Glenn R Gibson
Professor of Food Microbiology School of Food Biosciences University of Reading

It can be difficult for many people to perceive microorganisms, especially bacteria, as anything other than harmful. While many microbes do have the capacity to cause disease, the vast majority of bacteria are harmless. For example, many advances in the biotechnology area have exploited the enzyme activities of bacteria to produce pharmaceuticals and other drugs such as antibiotics.

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