A study of the microbes that live in the guts of people shows how scientists can harness their potential to make medicines.
The research is part of a larger effort by researchers to understand how the body makes the trillions of microbes that make up the human body.
One of the biggest hurdles in the field is that the microbes live in their own bodies, and some of the research shows that the gut can be a particularly difficult environment for making medicines.
But researchers at the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo have found a way to create living microbe factories using a process called endosymbiosis, in which an organism creates its own cells.
The team also found that their process can produce viable and safe microbes for use in medicine, according to the journal Science.
The researchers also developed a process for isolating the microbe factory and growing them in a lab.
The work was led by Rana Khawaja, an assistant professor of biological sciences.
The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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