Science Snapshot: Microbial Mind Control
Do the microbes that live inside our gut have access to areas of our body we might feel more private about, such as our brain?
Scientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown discovered that they actually do!
In this episode of Science Snapshots, Carlos Ribeiro, head of the Behaviour and Metabolism lab, talks about how his team found that gut bacteria “speak” with the brain to control a key aspect of behaviour: food choice.
So next time you look at a menu, ask yourself: “is this what I want to eat, or is it what my microbes make me eat?”
About Science Snapshots: Short videos about big discoveries! This series features the most recent breakthroughs made by the investigators of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown as they tackle some of biology’s greatest mysteries.