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Baby's First Microbe

To study how babies develop their microbiomes — fetuses are thought to develop in a bacteria-free environment — Rob Knight and his colleagues characterized the microbiomes of babies delivered both vaginally and by Caesarean section using multiplexed 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing.

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