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In the News, Summer 2017: Hunter-Gatherers Provide Insight into Gut Microbiome

hunter-gatherer microbiome gut diet diversity traditional diet Hazda Justin Sonnenburg PhD ancestor

A study published in the journal Science provides new evidence that our intestinal microbiomes are greatly influenced by what we eat. The researchers examined the gut-microbial composition of a group of Hazda hunter-gatherers residing in the Rift Valley of Tanzania. They found not only that the Hadza microbiota is significantly different - and more diverse - than that of people following typical Western diets, but also that seasonal variations in the hunter-gatherers’ diet are linked to cyclical changes in microbial composition. Fewer than 200 Hazda still adhere to their traditional diet,...

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