New research from a team of French scientists published in the journal Nature Communications has found a connection between chronic stress, changes in the microbiome leading to decreased activity in the hippocampus, and depressive behaviour.

The researchers began by investigating microbiome changes in a mouse model of stress-induced depression. As well as initially examining the microbiome differences between healthy animals and animals with mood disorders, the researchers discovered those mood disorders could be transferred to the healthy animals via faecal transplants.

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