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Scientists identify over 140,000 virus species in the human gut, half of which are new to science

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  • An analysis of 28,000 gut microbiome samples from all around the world has yielded a database of 140,000 virus species - the Gut Phage Database.
  • Scientists used metagenomics, a DNA-sequencing method, to isolate the different viruses from their samples.
  • The resulting database will be an incredible resource for scientists studying bacteriophages, and how they influence our guts and overall health.

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