Originally posted on Hwaairfan's Blog:
Amazonian Hunter-Gatherers Isolated from Western Medicine Have the Most Diverse Microbiome Ever Recorded*
With the current ethnic – cleansing of indigenous peoples, this is what humanity stands to lose…
The Yanomami people, who hail from the Amazon, live a semi-nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the jungle. They have been living like this for thousands of years. According to iflscience, the tribe was first contacted in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 2008 an unmapped village was spotted in Southern Venezuela. A team of researchers returned to the village within the year to collect mouth swabs, faeces and forearm skin samples from 34 villagers ranging in ages from four to 50. Now, the microbial DNA of the villagers has been analyzed and the findings are absolutely astonishing.
A new study published in Science Advances has found that this isolated tribe of hunter-gatherers posses the most diverse microbiome ever documented in humans
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