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Ethics of exploring the microbiome of native peoples

Microbiomes of native peoples could provide constituents to improve our health. Research must be conducted ethically and native peoples appropriately rewarded. However, sharing our medical practice risks spoiling these microbial oases and could lead to the same disease risks that we are trying to prevent.

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Figure 1: Gut microbiomes from native versus Western lifestyles.


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Dominguez-Bello, M., Peterson, D., Noya-Alarcon, O. et al. Ethics of exploring the microbiome of native peoples. Nat Microbiol 1, 16097 (2016).

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