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RSS FeedsBats don`t rely on gut bacteria the way humans do
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13 november 2019 03:00:06

Bats don`t rely on gut bacteria the way humans do
(PHYSorg.com Biology)

Right now, there are trillions of bacteria living in your gut, making up about one percent of your body weight. They`re supposed to be there-we need them to help us digest food and fight off diseases. The same is true for most mammals; in general, just about every mammal from dogs to dolphins relies on a community of helpful bacteria, called a microbiome, living inside them for health and survival. Many animals have even evolved along with their gut bacteria to better work together, to the point that closely related host species typically share more similar microbiomes. But a new study has identified one group of mammals that seems to buck that trend: bats. A new paper in mSystems reveals that the microbiomes of closely-related bats can be totally different from each other, which suggests that having a community of helpful gut bacteria may not be so important for this already eccentric group of mammals.

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