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Obesity and gut flora

The intestinal bacteria in obese humans and mice differ from those in lean individuals. Are these bacteria involved in how we regulate body weight, and are they a factor in the obesity epidemic?

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Figure 1: Home for an abundant microbiological flora.



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Bajzer, M., Seeley, R. Obesity and gut flora. Nature 444, 1009–1010 (2006).

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