Four microbial species identified as inhibitors for asthma

New research by Dr. Brett Finlay and collaborators find that infants can be protected from getting asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria by three months of age. More than 300 families from across Canada participated in this research through the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. The discovery of the four microbial species that inhibits asthma opens the door to developing probiotic treatments for infants that can prevent asthma. The study was published in Science Translational Medicine.