Hominids Underwent Co-Speciation With Some of Their Gut Microbes | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Hominids and some of their gut microbes co-speciated, according to a new study appearing today in Science.

Researchers from the University of Texas and elsewhere collected fecal samples from humans, chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas to analyze their gut microbiomes. The phylogenetic trees for strains of Bacteroidaceae and Bifidobacteriaceae largely reflect those of their hosts, as did their divergence times, the researchers reported.

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