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In a PLoS One paper published this week, an international research team led by investigators at Wageningen University in the Netherlands reports on the genome of Akkermansia muciniphila, a human gastrointestinal tract microbe "associated with the protective mucus lining of the intestines." In mining 37 GI tract metagenomes, the team found A. miciniphila at a relative abundance between 0.01 percent and 4 percent in all assembled reads.

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