Do gut microbes shape our evolution?

Posted by on April 21, 2016 2:08 pm
Categories: Science

Our gut microbes are key to our health, but they may also shape our evolution, according to a new hypothesis. Expanding on the concept of the hologenome — the host genome together with the genomes of its microbiota — he argues that the host’s microbiota participate in the host’s evolution and at times may save a host faced with sudden environmental change by employing rarely used genes to help it adapt and survive.

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