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Bacterial Inheritance Leads Researchers to Rethink Heredity

A child's genetics aren't just a product of mom and dad's DNA: Genes from mom's gut microbes also play a role in how the kid turns out. Over the last decade or so it's become increasingly clear that the microbiota-all the microorganisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract and elsewhere in the body-play a huge role in health and development.

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Dr. Barry Sears

Adding bacterial genetics to epigenetics induced by the environment makes the quest for looking for genes as the foundation for personalized medicine in the future seem child-like.

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