Gut microbes shared among baboon friends

March 16, 2015 9:58 PM

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Gut microbes shared among baboon friends

A team of researchers studied the microbiomes of from two groups of baboons living near Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Their analysis showed that, not surprisingly, that the gut microbes of baboons from the same troop were more similar than from different troops.

Common sense would suggest a family that eats together -- and thus shares a similar diet -- would be more likely to have a similar microbiome.

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