Faculty mentor: Jennifer Hill
Bacteria within the neonatal gut microbiota are an important factor for an infant’s predisposition to type 1 diabetes. Lactobacillus is one bacterial genus that might increase beta cell (insulin producing cell) production in the neonatal pancreas. These strains can be isolated from healthy, neonatal mice and identified. Lactobacillus strains can be introduced to the gut of neonatal germfree mice, and beta cell mass can be calculated among these mice.
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