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Gut microbiome R&D ignores Africa’s health needs

Paper claims such studies have focused too narrowly on small sections of populations like hunter-gatherers, omitting the health priorities of the majority.

Research on gut microbiomes in Africa has been overlooked, a group of researchers say. And what has been done has focused too narrowly on ‘extreme’ populations such as modern-day hunter-gatherers, ignoring the continent’s public health needs.

In their article published in the October issue of Trends in Microbiology the researchers from Stanford University in the United States and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa call for increased investment in gut microbiome research in Africa.

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