This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a multi-institute team led by Chalmers University of Technology researchers report on how an analysis of the fecal gut metagenome can be used to identify patients with type II diabetes. Using shotgun sequencing, the investigators characterized the gut metagenomes of 145 European women with normal, impaired, and diabetic glucose control, and observed "compositional and functional alterations in the metagenomes" of those with type II diabetes.

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