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Growing apart


This guest post comes from Escherichia coli Nissle, best known for its probiotic activities

It was like we were meant to be together. In the beginning. We were friends, cut from the same cloth. We grew up together in a small community and sure, it wasn’t the most diverse community but we knew everyone, everything was familiar. One of the best things about our friendship was that we enjoyed the same foods. And we ate! We would just sit, eat, laugh…repeat.

I expected to have these friends forever, there was nothing that could break us apart. Life was good…until it wasn’t.

I have no idea how or why it happened but folk started to change. Maybe I changed, I don’t know. We no longer hung out together or ate at the same places. I started to eat alone, chowing down on the same old things that I used to enjoy with friends. I watched as they got stronger, moved on. I guess we just drifted apart. They managed to respond to the pressures of life, leaving me behind.

I have never before experienced the stress and heartache that came with losing my friends but I believe I am stronger for it.

This post is based on the following research article:
“Adaptive Strategies of the Candidate Probiotic E. coli Nissle in the Mammalian Gut”