Early bacteria in the gut explain the individuality of the microbiome and determine the degree of protection from disease
The first gut bacteria help newborns fight diseases - daily science news

Each of us carries inside a wide range of microbes, called the microbiome, which is unique for every individual. A lot of research has shown how important these microorganisms are for a lot of functions, from digestion to mental health. Now, a new study showed that the very first bacteria colonizing the intestines of newborns may have a long-term impact on their health. But why is the microbiome so different from person to person, even in the case of twins? The study suggested that the order and timing by which the gut is colonized early in life is very important for the high levels of unexplained individuality in the gut microbial communities.

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Scientific publication: eLife