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Guts of people in hunter-gatherer societies share bacteria industrialized people lack

March 25, 2015

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A new study indicates that the bacteria found in the guts of humans may have more to do with diet than with where they live. An international team gathered data on a hunter-gatherer community in the Amazon, a small-scale farming village in Peru, and city-dwellers in Norman, Okla. The Amazonian community's gut microbiomes had more in common with earlier studies of African hunter-gatherers than the nearby farmers, or industrialized city-dwellers.Full Story

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