RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS. A Göteborg Study of intestinal microbiota early development became one of last year’s most-read and shared news on the international, scientific news service Eurekalert.
– It is very pleasing and encouraging that our research raises a major public interest and has such a huge impact, says Professor Fredrik Bäckhed, who is one of the researchers behind the study.
In May 2015 the researchers Fredrik Bäckhed and Jovanna Dahlgren published an article in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, which showed that the intestinal microbiota composition and development is influenced by the way we are born and whether we are breastfed. The article was highlighted in a press release from Sahlgrenska Academy. The news was also distributed internationally, and published by the magazine of the popular science news service Eurekalert.
EurekAlert is operated by the US research organization AAAS, which, among other things, publishes the top-ranked journal Science. Eurekalerts editors have now compiled the ten most read research news last year – and with nearly 220,000 views Bäckhed and Dahlgren firmly clenches third place. The news of the intestinal microbiota early development was also the second most shared news in social media.
“As a researcher, you always want your new findings to have a major impact, so it is great that som many has found our research interesting. Since our research is largely taxfunded, it is also important for us to reach out with our findings to the public, and in this case we seem to have been successful,” says Fredrik Bäckhed.
The article Dynamics and stabilization of the human gut microbiome during the first year of life was published by Cell Host & Microbe on May 13, 2015. The study was financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.
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Here you can read the press release from the Sahlgrenska Academy about the study: