is this recently characterized gastrointestinal pathogen responsible for rising rates of inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and ibd associated autism in europe and the united states in the 1990s?in 2006, a pathogenic variant of the common intestinal organism blastocystis was discovered in patients who were experiencing chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. most species of blastocystis inhabit humans with no symptoms. the discovery of a pathogenic variant of blastocystis is significant, because blastocystis is related to entamoeba, a similar organism with pathogenic variants that kill over 100,000 people each year. recent research has shown that blastocystis infections may be undetectable u ...200717382484
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