What’s in Your Gut? 3 Bacterial Profiles Defined

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Credit: EMBL/P.Riedinger

What’s in Your Gut? 3 Bacterial Profiles Defined

Similar toِ theِ classification ofِ blood types, theِ bacteria inِ our guts appearِ to fit intoِ one ofِ three categories thatِ haveِ no relation toِ ourِ nationality, age, sex andِ other characteristics, newِ research indicates.The study combined genetic information fromِ aboutِ three dozen people inِ six countries, revealing thatِ everyoneِ falls intoِ one ofِ three categories theyِ dub enterotypes, whichِ theyِ believeِ areِ spread aroundِ the globe justِ like blood types.
Members ofِ this internal ecosystem helpِ us withِ allِ sorts ofِ important tasks, suchِ asِ digesting food, assisting ourِ immune systems andِ producing nutrients suchِ asِ vitamin K.
Their analysis revealed threeِ enterotypes determined byِ the relative abundance ofِ differentِ networks ofِ species, according toِ study researcher Peer Bork, a unit head atِ the European Molecular Biology Laboratory inِ Germany.