Ingestible sensor studies gut bacteria

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Recent research has begun to shed light on the relationship between the bacteria in our gut (the microbiome) and various illnesses. Now, a new ‘pill’ has completed development that could allow scientists to better study gut health. The ‘pill’, which was developed by researchers at RMIT and Monash Universities, is actually a swallowable capsule containing gas sensors, a microprocessor and a wireless high-frequency transmitter. The sensors can measure the concentration of intestinal gases. These gases, given off by gut bacteria, contain valuable insight on the condition of various bacteria in the gut.

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