April 20, 2011

First Blood Type, Now Gut Bacteria Type

Carl Zimmer, New York Times


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In the early 1900s, scientists discovered that each person belongs to one of four blood types. Now they’ve discovered a new way to classify humanity: by bacteria. Each human being is host to thousands of different species of microbes. Yet a group of scientists now report just three distinct ecosystems in the guts of people they have studied.

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TAGGED: Human Microbiome, Bacteria, Gut Flora, Enterotype

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