Some Crohn’s genes make cells deaf

New research has found that people with Crohn’s disease have genes that make cells deaf to messages from gut bacteria, Science News reported. This means they aren’t getting the benefit of those “good bugs.”

The study also reported that people with Crohn’s have different gut microbes compared with that of healthy individuals.

UBC biologist Brett Finlay, who wasn’t involved in the study, said that genes and friendly microbes work together to control inflammation, “And when you muck that up, things can go awry.”