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  • Researchers map minority microbes in the colon

    Researchers got a first look at microbes that inhabit the colonic mucosa. Pictured, from left, University of Illinois animal sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Rex Gaskins, animal sciences visiting research specialist Ann Benefiel, Carle Foundation Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Eugene Greenberg, and postdoctoral researcher Franck Carbonero.

    Researchers got a first look at microbes that inhabit the colonic mucosa. Pictured, from left, University of Illinois animal sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Rex Gaskins, animal sciences visiting research specialist Ann Benefiel, Carle Foundation Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Eugene Greenberg, and postdoctoral researcher Franck Carbonero.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Researchers got a first look at microbes that inhabit the colonic mucosa. Pictured, from left, University of Illinois animal sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Rex Gaskins, animal sciences visiting research specialist Ann Benefiel, Carle Foundation Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Eugene Greenberg, and postdoctoral researcher Franck Carbonero.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      The researchers sampled the right (ascending) and left (descending) colon and the rectum.The composition of hydrogen-utilizing microbes varied among the sample sites and each subject possessed a unique microbial community profile.

      Graphic by Rex Gaskins and Diana Yates

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