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Autoimmune Diseases, Healthy Body, Research

New Research Finds Link Between Breast-Feeding and Genes Associated with Immune System

By Phyllis Picklesimer
Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of ACES News and Public Affairs

URBANA, Ill. — A new multi-university study reports that differences in bacterial colonization of the infant gut in formula-fed and breast-fed babies lead to changes in the expression of genes involved in the infant’s immune system.

The study, published in the April 30 issue of BioMed Central’s open access journal Genome Biology, is an Editor’s Pick. The research was a joint effort of University of Illinois, Texas A&M University, Miami University and University of Arkansas scientists.

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