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To ‘end malnutrition by 2040’, Bill Gates thinks with his gut and its bugs

The billionaire believes ‘good’ bacteria can be the answer to nutritional inequity around the world

Sarah Newey

Probiotic pills could hold the key to ending malnutrition across the globe within the next two decades, according to billionaire Bill Gates.

Probiotics, or “good” bacteria, are thought to help maintain a healthy gut and are commonly added to foods such as Yakult or Actimel yoghurt.

Many view these so-called “functional foods” as a gimmick, but Gates, who gave the annual Hawking Fellowship Lecture at the Cambridge University Union on Monday, believes the science that underpins them could save millions of lives...

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