Research report 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

What we can learn from spit: Diversity in the human salivary microbiome

Stoneking, Mark
Evolutionäre Genetik (Pääbo)
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig

More than 90 percent of the human body is made of bacterial cells. Studying genetic variation in bacteria has provided confirmation of insights into human population history from studies of human genetic diversity, and novel insights that go beyond those studies. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have begun characterizing variation in the human saliva microbiome. They aim to understand the factors that influence an individual’s saliva microbiome and to identify particular bacterial species that might be informative for studies of human population history.

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