Chimpanzees and Humans Harbor Compositionally Similar Gut Enterotypes

  title={Chimpanzees and Humans Harbor Compositionally Similar Gut Enterotypes},
  author={Andrew H. Moeller and Patrick H. Degnan and Anne E Pusey and Michael Lawrence Wilson and Beatrice H. Hahn and Howard Ochman},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
Microbes inhabiting the human gastrointestinal tract tend to adopt one of three characteristic community structures, called 'enterotypes', each of which is overrepresented by a distinct set of bacterial genera. Here we report that the gut microbiotae of chimpanzees also assort into enterotypes and that these chimpanzee enterotypes are compositionally analogous to those of humans. Through the analysis of longitudinal samples, we show that the microbial signatures of the enterotypes are stable… CONTINUE READING
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