Autoimmune Diseases

The cause of autoimmune diseases remains a black box. Sure, there is a genetic component, and certain environmental conditions that likely kick start them. But, as far as the complete cause of diseases such as lupus, celiac disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and the rest of the group - there are still a lot of unanswered questions. 

This is one of the reasons why a new paper published in Science entitled “Translocation of a Gut Pathobiont Drives Autoimmunity in Mice and Humans” is so exciting. Although there have been many links made between the microbiome (bacteria that reside in our bodies) and immune diseases, the role of these bacteria in autoimmunity is poorly understood.

The research group from Yale show that a gut bacteria can translocate and promote...