Gut microbiomes help bears on vastly different diets reach the same size

A recent study of the gut microbiome of Alaskan brown bears (Ursus arctos) shows that microbial life in the intestines of bears allows them to attain comparable size and fat stores while consuming very different diets. The work sheds light on the role of the gut microbiome in maintaining health in wild omnivores. “We think … Read more