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Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'


25 July 2014 

Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'

By Smitha Mundasad
Health reporter, BBC News



Scientists have discovered a previously unknown virus living in the human gut, according to a study in Nature Communications.

Exploring genetic material found in intestinal samples, the international team uncovered the CrAssphage virus.

They say the virus could influence the behaviour of some of the most common bacteria in our gut.

Experts say these types of viruses, called bacteriophages, have been shown to play a role in chronic diseases. (...)

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