Microbiome seeding study

Microbiome Seeding Study

Microbiome seeding study

Could mothers’ bacteria protect c-section babies from obesity risk?

Liggins Institute researchers commence an oral dosing 'vaginal seeding' study of infants following C-section delivery, to lower obesity risk


The research team led by Professor Wayne Cutfield has received $150,000 from the Health Research Council to test the hypothesis that babies born by c-section miss out on receiving health-promoting bacteria from their mother’s vagina during birth. The Liggins Institute-led study will involve 40 sets of twins born by c-section in Auckland over the next two years. In each set, one twin only will swallow a saline solution containing the bacteria from a swab inserted in the mother’s vagina during labour.




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