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31 August 2011

Your diet affects the viruses in your gut

Changes in diet affect the populations of viruses that live in your gut, researchers say, shedding new light on how they differ from person to person and how they respond to what we eat.

Changes in diet affect the populations of viruses that live in your gut, researchers say. Their findings, published in the journal Genome Research, sheds new light on virus populations in the gut, how they differ from person to person and how they respond to what we eat.

The researchers analysed DNA from viruses in the stool of the participants over eight days and found that the largest variation in virus diversity occurred between individuals. However, virus populations among participants who ate the same diet became more similar over time.

 
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