Monday, March 6, 2017

BacterioFiles 289 - Prehistoric Paired Prokaryote Partners

This episode: Great apes' specific gut microbe communities have been with us for millions of years!

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Show notes:
News item 1/News item 2

Journal Paper:
Moeller AH, Caro-Quintero A, Mjungu D, Georgiev AV, Lonsdorf EV, Muller MN, Pusey AE, Peeters M, Hahn BH, Ochman H. 2016. Cospeciation of gut microbiota with hominids. Science 353:380–382.

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    1 comment:

    1. As far fetched as it might be to safely use different bacterial communities on another being; I could see it being incredibly helpful. A particular friend comes in mind that has incredibly hostile stomach conditions that causes a lot of suffering.