Do gut viruses have a role in the development of ME/CFS?

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ResearcherProf. Simon Carding
InstitutionQuadram Institute, UK
Start dateOctober 2023
Funded byME Research UK with the financial support of the Fred and Joan Davies Bequest
AimsOur gut is home to many bacteria and viruses comprising the microbiome, which is vital for maintaining health, providing essential nutrients and vitamins, and boosting our immune system. Disturbances of the microbiome are seen in numerous diseases, including ME/CFS, but most studies have focused on the bacteria rather than the viruses (or virome). Prof. Carding and his team plan a comprehensive analysis of the gut virome in people with ME/CFS, to identify signature viruses that might be involved in the development of the disease, and could represent a new biomarker. They will also look at whether they respond to microbiota transplantation therapy.

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