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Digestive-Health

16 July 2010

Viral fingerprint in gut unique

Each person has a unique collection of what could be described as friendly viruses in their lower intestine, new research shows.

Each person has a unique collection of what could be described as friendly viruses in their lower intestine, new research shows.

These friendly viruses are believed to influence the activities of gut microbes that offer a number of benefits, including helping humans digest certain components of our diets (such as plant-based carbohydrates) that we're unable to digest on our own, the study authors explained in a university news release.

Viruses are 'major predators'

 

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