May 13, 2021

Piles of ancient poop reveal ‘extinction event’ in human gut bacteria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, existential risks

They suggest that over the past millennium, the human gut has experienced an “extinction event,” losing dozens of species and becoming significantly less diverse, says lead author and Harvard Medical School microbiologist Aleksandar Kostic. “These are things we don’t get back.”

First DNA from paleofeces show people 1000 years ago in U.S., Mexico had much more diverse gut microbes.

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