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Moody microbes or fecal phrenology: what do we know about the microbiota-gut-brain axis?

BMC Medicine201614:58

Received: 3 December 2015

Accepted: 18 March 2016

Published: 19 April 2016

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Original Submission
3 Dec 2015 Submitted Original manuscript
19 Jan 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Vassilis Pachnis
20 Jan 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - John Cryan
15 Feb 2016 Author responded Author comments - Paul Forsythe
Resubmission - Version 2
15 Feb 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 2
18 Mar 2016 Editorially accepted
19 Apr 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12916-016-0604-8

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, McMaster University
McMaster Brain-Body Institute, St. Joseph’s Healthcare
Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare