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Lifelong sex-dependent trajectories of the human gut microbiota

The human gut microbiota is comprised of a vast assortment of trillions of microbial cells belonging to hundreds of different species, differing substantially between individual hosts. A new study has systematically investigated the relationship of host age to gut microbes in a geographically restricted and ethnically homogeneous human cohort, revealing key differences across ages and sexes.

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Fig. 1: Changes in the composition of the human gut microbiota across the lifespan in men and women.


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Özkurt, E., Hildebrand, F. Lifelong sex-dependent trajectories of the human gut microbiota. Nat Aging 1, 22–23 (2021).

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