The shape of the microbiome in early life

A recent study shows that microbial-community structure and function substantially expand and diversify in all body sites from birth to age 4–6 weeks. It then resembles microbiota from its corresponding maternal body site, independently of the infant's mode of delivery or other prenatal factors.

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Figure 1: The maternal influence on the development of an infant's microbiome in the first weeks of life.

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von Mutius, E. The shape of the microbiome in early life. Nat Med 23, 274–275 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm.4299

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