…and now gut viruses

This stuff is so cool!  Does it make me weird that I find the microbiome so fascinating?

From New Scientist.  Researchers in the Netherlands have determined that there is one particular virus that seems to be most common in the human gut.  Other than that one, there’s just so many that a huge majority have not been identified.  Virus.  This is in addition to the bacteria that we are finding out are so important.

“The fact that the virome has been overlooked for 10 years is the elephant in the room in microbiome research,” says Dutilh. “Most people just focus on bacteria, but there are also viruses and even fungi. It’s the interaction between all of these things and the host gut that is really important.”

 

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