Of Humans and Microbes: a Long Lasting Relationship

31 October 2016

For many years, we have been repeating that for each human cell in a person there are at least 10 bacterial cells. Although this is an over-estimation, recent evidence shows that hominids and certain gut colonizing bacteria co-evolved. To demonstrate this, a recent study analyzed fecal samples from humans, chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas targeting 3 prominent families in the gut microbiome: Bifidobacteriaceae, Bacteriaceae, and Lachnospiraceae.

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Publication Links:
PMID: 4639749 | Luckey et al. (1972): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4639749
PMID: 26824647 | Sender, et al. (2016): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26824647
PMID: 27463672 | Moeller, et al. (2016): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27463672

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