The microbes in your gut are uniquely yours, study suggests

07/8/2013 | NBC News

New research adds to increasing evidence that the microbes carried in the human gastrointestinal tract have a significant impact on health. "These results reveal that the majority of the bacterial strains in an individual's microbiota persist for years, and suggest that our gut colonizers have the potential to shape many aspects of our biological features for most and in some cases all of our lives," wrote the researchers. They found that the makeup of an individual's gut flora was largely stable over time, and unique to individuals, although related people tended to share some species of bacteria.

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