View Full Version : Gut Bacteria Gene Complement Dwarfs Human Genome

03-04-2010, 11:07 AM
"This stuff almost killed old JCC if anyone Rember's Old John Calhoun ?

Sequencing project finds that Europeans share a surprising number of bacteria. Researchers have unveiled a catalogue of genes from microbes found in the human gut.

The information could reveal how 'friendly' gut bacteria interact with the body to influence nutrition and disease. "This is the most powerful microscope that's been used so far to describe microbial communities," says George Weinstock, a geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis who was not involved in the study.

The human body contains about ten times as many microbes as human cells, and most of them live in the gut. The new study, published...