Eating less protein may help curb gut bacteria’s growth

The microbes are limited by low nitrogen levels, a study in mice and other mammals suggests

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MICROBE MEAL  People and animals feed their microbes with nitrogen-containing mucus, a new study in mice suggests. The amount of nitrogen in the mucus is determined by how much protein the host eats.


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