News: Jan 13, 2016
A Gothenburg study on the early development of intestinal microbiota became one of the most read and shared news of the international, scientific news service EurekAlert!, last year.
“It is highly satisfying and very encouraging that our research has generated such enormous general interest and made such animpact,” says the researcher behind the study, Fredrik Bäckhed.
In May 2015, researchers Fredrik Bäckhed and Jovanna Dahlgren published an article in the journal Cell Host & Microbe that showed that the composition and development of intestinal microbiota is affected by both the way an infant is delivered and if they are breastfed.
The article was highlighted in a press release from Sahlgrenska Academy. In addition, the news received international coverage and was published via journals on the popular scientific news service EurekAlert!.
EurekAlert! is run by the American research organization AAAS, which among other things, publishes the top ranked journal Science. EurekAlert!’s editorial staff has now compiled last year’s 10 most read research news, and with nearly 220,000 viewings, the research paper of Bäckhed/Dahlgren clenched third place.
Moreover, news on the early development of intestinal microbiota was the second most shared news on social media.
“As a researcher, you always want your new findings to have a major impact, so it is extremely satisfying to know that so many find our research interesting. And as our research is largely tax funded, it is important to us to have our findings reach the general public, which in this case, we succeeded in doing,” says Fredrik Bäckhed.
The article, Dynamics and stabilization of the human gut microbiome during the first year of life was published in Cell Host & Microbe on May 13. The study behind the article was financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.
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Originally published on: sahlgrenska.gu.se
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