Multiple Sclerosis: does the colon affect the immune system?

Interview with Prof Hartmut Wekerle, Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried

Multiple sclerosis apparently can strike anyone - regardless of age, family history, lifestyle or gender. Yet why then does it not strike everyone? Genetic and environmental factors appear not to be the only reason whether it develops or not. The countless microorganisms that colonize our intestinal tract could also be involved in this.


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Prof. Hartmut Wekerle; ©MPI für Neurobiologie/ R. Schorner

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The microbiome, and with it indirectly also our diet, could play a role in the development of MS. Prof Wekerle and his colleague researched this with lab mice; © belchonok

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