Harvard's athlete-based next-generation probiotics technology licensed to FitBiomics

Harvard's athlete-based next-generation probiotics technology licensed to FitBiomics

Wyss Institute-launched startup company will develop probiotics that have potential to enhance athletic performance

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced that its athlete microbiome-based technology will be commercialized by Fitbiomics Inc….

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LA Times: Marathon runners get a boost from the bacteria in their guts

LA Times: Marathon runners get a boost from the bacteria in their guts

The secret to a healthier life may lie in the guts of elite athletes. Scientists who studied marathon runners discovered a type of bacteria that flourished in their digestive tracts. Pre-clinical studies resulted in a 13% improvement in endurance due to the unique properties of this novel species.

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STAT News: Why are elite athletes different than the rest of us? Take a look at their microbes

STAT News: Why are elite athletes different than the rest of us? Take a look at their microbes

Elite athletes really are different from you and me. Or, at least their gut microbes are.

Scientists who analyzed stool samples of 15 runners a week before and after they competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon found unusually high levels of one particular microbe compared to 10 non-athletes. Levels of the microbe in question, Veillonella, spiked after an intense workout and bloomed even more after the marathon.

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NPR: Could A Microbe Boost Athletic Performance?

NPR: Could A Microbe Boost Athletic Performance?

Researchers studied the gut microbes of runners from the Boston Marathon, isolating one strain of bacteria that may boost athletic performance.

Competitive runners (myself included, once upon a time) will try almost anything that could give them a natural edge in their next 5K or 10K.

Down concentrated beet juice before a race? I've done it.
Eat chia seeds by the handful? Yep.
Altitude tents that mimic life at 10,000 feet? If only I had the money.
But new research hints that, perhaps, someday I may add consuming bacteria to that list.

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Nature Medicine: Meta-omics analysis of elite athletes identifies a performance-enhancing microbe that functions via lactate metabolism

Nature Medicine: Meta-omics analysis of elite athletes identifies a performance-enhancing microbe that functions via lactate metabolism

A closer look at the gut microbiome of elite marathon runners unveils a microbe-encoded enzymatic process that contributes to enhanced athletic performance. Supported by quantitative data and pre-clinical research, the findings have the potential to reshape Sports Nutrition. After years of research and development at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, those discoveries have been published in Nature Medicine.

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Men's Journal: The Next Big Performance Enhancing Drug: Bacteria From Elite Athletes’ Guts?

Men's Journal: The Next Big Performance Enhancing Drug: Bacteria From Elite Athletes’ Guts?

What Jonathan Scheiman has uncovered is serious for exercise science: a specific gut bacteria that’s prevalent in elite athletes and has a very special characteristic—it feasts on lactate molecules. Lactate is that burn you feel in your muscles as you’re sucking wind during a grueling workout, and the molecules are also connected to muscle soreness and fatigue. 

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