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The gut, a big pink sack filled with colorful pellets, strands and y-shaped branches representing the different bacteria strains

November 26, 2021

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A big pink sack filled with colorful pellets, strands and y-shaped branches illustrate the different bacteria strains in the gut.

On the Cover

Bacterial strains in the guts of humans and chimpanzees diverged and began to evolve separately 5 million years ago, and 15 million years ago in humans and gorillas. Humans and apes evolved into a new species at about the same time. A mutually beneficial relationship between gut bacteria and animal hosts may contribute to formation of a new species.

Photo: Darryl Leja, NHGRI

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