The world of obesity science is about to be turned on its head. Scientists in Shanghai, China announced in a paper published Dec. 13 that they had isolated a bacterium from a 385-pound man’s intestines, and used it to plump up mice that are specially bred to resist obesity.
They found that the bacteria, a toxin-producing microbe
called ”enterobacter cloacae,” made up 35 percent of all the
microorganisms in the human volunteer’s digestive tract. But a diet
formulated specifically to kill off those bacteria succeeded in reducing
his levels to below what could be detected in a laboratory.
He lost 113 pounds in 23 weeks.