American Gut Project – UCSD

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What’s in Your Gut?

Big data dump from the world’s largest citizen science microbiome project reveals how factors such as diet, antibiotics and mental health status can influence the microbial and molecular makeup of your gut.

“American journalist Michael Pollan meticulously rolled a cotton-tipped swab across a piece of used toilet paper. His sample was about to become the first of 15,096 that would be included in the first major publication of the American Gut Project—an ongoing citizen science effort boasting more than 10,000 participants from all over the world. The publication appeared in the open access journal mSystems earlier this week.”

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