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Submission + - Sushi-munching bacteria found in the guts of Japan (

Misanthrope writes: In Japan the microflora that live on seaweed has given some of their genes to bacteria that live in the human gut, and in doing so, help them to digest the food. Eleven genes used by the bugs to break down carbohydrates in seaweed also showed up in bacteria isolated from the intestines of Japanese people, but were absent from the gut microbes of North Americans.

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