Mouth Bacteria Can Change Its Diet, Supercomputers Revealjorge_salazar (3562633) writes "Bacteria outnumber the cells of your body by 10 to 1. Scientists are just beginning to understand what those bacteria do to promote or hinder health. By using supercomputers to reveal gene activity, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin found that bacteria under the gums "drastically" change their metabolism, or diet, depending on whether they're in a diseased or healthy area of the mouth. They say these findings could eventually lead to prevention or even reversal of 'bacterial-shift' diseases like diabetes, periodontitis, or Crohn's disease."
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