This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, an international team of researchers publish a study suggesting that monitoring microbes in the gut may help determine an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They developed and undertook a metagenome-wide association study based on deep shotgun sequencing of the gut microbial DNA from 345 Chinese individuals.

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