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Some researchers say that an individual's microbial community can aid physicians in tailoring their efforts to treat illness, reports MIT's Technology Review. Microbiologist Rob Knight of the University of Colorado, whose lab has done extensive work on microbes' effect on weight, says there is evidence to suggest that microbes can be used as markers for individualized treatment.

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