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Researchers discover almost 2,000 new gut bacteria

February 12, 2019

Recent studies covered by Medical News Today have shown that the gut microbiota could have a role in Parkinson’s disease and dementia, and they may explain why type 2 diabetes medication works well for some but not for others.

New research — appearing yesterday in the journal Nature — has now identified almost 2,000 new gut bacterial species that scientists have never cultured in a lab before.

The team of investigators, from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, both in Hinxton, United Kingdom, used computational analysis to assess gut microbiome samples from participants across the world.

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