You are Your Bacteria: How the Gut Microbiome Influences Health, Nature Reveals  
8/29/2013 6:18:53 AM

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Every time you have a meal, you’re eating not just for yourself, but for the hundred trillion bacteria that line your large intestine. This live-in colony of microbes, which together can weigh several pounds and consists of hundreds of individual species, is a digestion powerhouse, breaking food down into useful and nutritious components for us and for the microbes. It’s only recently that new genomic techniques have opened the doors to detailed study of our gut microbiome, but understanding how it varies among different people is extremely important.

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