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Research Examines How Use of Nitrogen From Human Milk May Benefit Infant Development

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David Sela, a nutrition scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $1.69 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how nitrogen in human milk is used by beneficial microbes in the infant gut to potentially play an important role in pediatric nutrition and development.

The new experiments, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, may also yield molecular targets to diagnose and intervene to improve nitrogen metabolism efficiency through the microbiome in infants and possibly adults. 

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