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  • Berkeley Lab staff scientist Jian-Hua Mao (left) and research scientist Antoine Snijders handle some of the mice used in the research study on how early environmental exposure plays a big role in shaping the
    Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab
    Berkeley Lab staff scientist Jian-Hua Mao (left) and research scientist Antoine Snijders handle some of the mice used in the research study on how early environmental exposure plays a big role in shaping the "signature" of the gut microbiome.
  • The nuclei of mouse epithelial cells (red) and the microbes (green) in the mouse intestine are visible.
    Courtesy of PNNL
    The nuclei of mouse epithelial cells (red) and the microbes (green) in the mouse intestine are visible.
  • Mice raised in built environments with different relative abundances of diverse microbes (left and right) have a correspondingly diverse gut microbiome. These signature characteristics remained even when the mice were moved to a new facility, and they persisted into the next generation.
    Zosia Rostomian/Berkeley Lab
    Mice raised in built environments with different relative abundances of diverse microbes (left and right) have a correspondingly diverse gut microbiome. These signature characteristics remained even when the mice were moved to a new facility, and they persisted into the next generation.
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