To explore how a microbiome adapts to a new environment, University of Minnesota researcher Dan Knights and his colleagues turned their attention to nonhuman primates.
According to Bioscience Techniques, the team examined the microbiota from two species of monkeys living in a zoo, in a sanctuary, or in the wild using shotgun sequencing. The data showed that monkeys living in the wild possessed broad, diverse microbial signatures, while the animals living in sanctuaries showed considerably less variety. Interestingly, monkeys living in zoos showed even less diversity, with their microbes actually resembling signatures found in modern humans. A follow-up study of 33 monkeys representing 8 different species raised in a zoo showed a similar microbial complement.
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