Birds, bats and bacteria

Birds, bats and bacteria

Credit: Holly Lutz

Collecting poo samples from nearly 900 different species of invertebrates might seem daunting – and messy – for some, but not for an international group of scientists from more than two dozen institutions.

Their study, published in the journal mBio, has upended current thinking about microbial similarities between related species by revealing that, unlike other mammals, bats have unpredictable gut bacteria much like birds.


Published by Cosmos.

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