Zoo animals teach lessons about a healthy microbiome

By analysing 368 stool samples from 38 different animal species, the Kiel researchers investigated the influences of kinship relationships and external living conditions on the microbiome composition. Credit: Dr. Corinna Bang / A. Starke

For some years now, life science and medical research has focused on the question of how the microorganisms living in and on a body influence central life processes and thus health and disease of their host organisms. Scientists at Kiel University, among others, have been able to gather numerous hints that suggest that the microbial colonization of the body, the so-called microbiome, and the development of disease are causally related. Especially chronic…

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