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The Long-Term Stability of the Human Gut Microbiota

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Science  05 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6141, 1237439
DOI: 10.1126/science.1237439

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Inheritance Guts

We know little about the stability of the constituent microbiota in the human gut or the extent to which the gut microbiota are a potential target for long-term health interventions. Faith et al. (p. 10.1126/science.1237439) analyzed the fecal microbiota of 37 individuals and found that, on average, 60% of bacterial strains remained stable for up to 5 years and many were estimated to remain stable for decades.

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