A great-ape view of the gut microbiome

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Nishida, Alex H.; Ochman, Howard
Year of Publication: 2019
Journal: Nature Reviews
Date Published: 2019/01/08
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 1471-0064

Humans assemble a specialized microbiome from a world teeming with diverse microorganisms. Comparison to the microbiomes of great apes provides a dimension that is indispensable to understanding how these microbial communities form, function and change. This evolutionary perspective exposes not only how human gut microbiomes have been shaped by our great-ape heritage but also the features that make humans unique, as exemplified by an expansive loss of bacterial and archaeal diversity and the identification of microbial lineages that have co-diversified with their hosts.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41576-018-0085-z
Short Title: Nature Reviews Genetics
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