Our genes shape our gut bacteria, new research shows

Our gut microbiome — the ever-changing “rainforest” of bacteria living in our intestines — is primarily affected by our lifestyle, including what we eat or the medications we take, most studies show. But a University of Notre Dame study has found a much greater genetic component at play than was once known. In the study, published recently in Science, researchers discovered […]

Nearly one in five patients who die from unexplained sudden cardiac death have suspicious gene, study finds

“Genetic screening isn’t routinely used in cardiology, and far too many patients still die suddenly from a heart condition without having any previously established risk factors. We need to do more for them,” said study corresponding author Aloke Finn, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UMSOM. To conduct the study, Dr. Finn and his colleagues performed genetic sequencing in […]