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The shape of the microbiome in early life

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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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  1. Erika von Mutius is in the Department of Asthma and Allergy, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

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