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In the gut, one key probiotic helps by orchestrating others

In the gut, one key probiotic helps by orchestrating others

Next time you eat a tub of probiotic-enriched yogurt or pop a probiotic capsule, you can thank a strain of bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus for doing more than just joining the party in your gut. A new study suggests that the single-organism probiotic behaves less like a solo customer and more like the DJ at a club, supplying the music and the banter that gets the intestines' diverse microbial denizens up from their tables to dance together.

The result: a happy, energized and harmonious community of customers and a thriving club.

Researchers have recognized for some time that boosting Lactobacillus rhamnosus--also called LGG--in the gut can help...

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