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Date:8/19/2013

Suspecting that Bacteroides are keystone speciesa necessary factor for building the gut ecosystemthe researchers next plan to investigate whether or not functional abnormalities, such as the inability to adhere to crypts, could affect the entire microbiome and potentially lead to a diseased state in the body.

"This research highlights the notion that we are not alone. We knew that bacteria are in our gut, but this study shows that specific microbes are very intimately associated with our bodies," Mazmanian says. "They are living in very close proximity to our tissues, and we can't ignore microbial contributions to our biology or our health. They are a part of us."


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Contact: Brian Bell
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California Institute of Technology
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