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Babies born by caesarean section are more likely to have altered gut microbiota profiles that leave them susceptible to colonization by disease-causing bacteria, according to a study appearing in Nature this week. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute applied longitudinal sampling and whole-genome shotgun metagenomic analysis to 1,679 gut microbiota samples — taken at various time points just after birth and through infancy — from 596 full-term babies born in UK hospitals.

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