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Changing threatened animals' gut flora could improve survival odds

The variety of eucalyptus leaves preferred by individual koalas depends on those koalas' gut microbiomes, suggesting that changing the composition of gut bacteria through fecal transplantation could allow them to expand their diets and their habitats, researchers reported at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting. Another study presented at the meeting found that changing the southern white rhinoceros' gut microbiome could improve fertility.

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