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http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2014/November/Weight-influenced-by-microbes-in-the-gut.aspx

 

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"Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a study by researchers at King’s College London and Cornell University.
 
By studying pairs of twins at King’s Department of Twin Research, researchers identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. This microbe also protected against weight gain when transplanted into mice."

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