Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison

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07/23/2014 12:52 PM EDT

a captive desert woodrat Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.

Full story at http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/fecal-transplants-let-packrats-eat-poison/

Source
University of Utah

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