Shared and distinctive features of the gut microbiome of C57BL/6 mice from different vendors and production sites, and in response to a new vivarium
Long et al. examined the gut microbiome of C57BL/6 mice from two production sites of three different vendors upon receipt, and as the mice adapted to the new vivarium at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Bacterial proportional abundance varied among mice from each vendor, and mice from all vendors exhibited changes in microbial profiles over time. These findings support the need to consider the microbiome as a potential source of variation in mouse studies.