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The gut microbiome during acute lifestyle transition

An analysis of the microbiomes of the Irish Traveller community, which has recently undergone enforced lifestyle changes, increases understanding of the environmental factors that shape the gut microbiome.

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Fig. 1: The gut microbiome of a transitioning population.


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Devkota, S. The gut microbiome during acute lifestyle transition. Nat Med 26, 1013–1015 (2020).

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