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

Scientists Track the Microbiomes of Stray and Domestic Dogs Around the World – Consumer Health News

TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Whether they’re house pets in South Africa, strays in India or living in rural Laos, dogs have similar microbes colonizing their digestive tracts. That’s the key takeaway from a new study that built on existing research on the canine microbiome, the collection of bacteria that live inside the … Read more