Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a … Continue reading

What’s in a name? The changing Lactobacillus nomenclature

One thing scientists can agree on is that the Lactobacillus genus is too heterogeneous. It does not conform to taxonomic conventions. The genome sizes of included species range from 1.23Mb (L. sanfranciscensis) to 4.91 Mb (L. parakefiri). The G+C content … Continue reading

Probiotics May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children

We often hear probiotics criticized that they “don’t do anything for healthy people.” This admonition ignores data, which I’ve disputed (see past post). And a new, open-access meta-analysis suggests another possible benefit of probiotics for healthy people: probiotic administration is … Continue reading