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Early antibiotic exposure leads to lifelong metabolic disturbances in mice

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Antibiotic exposure during a critical window of early development disrupts the bacterial landscape of the gut, home to trillions of diverse microbes, and permanently reprograms the body’s metabolism, setting up a predisposition to obesity, according to a new study. Moreover, the research shows that it is altered gut bacteria, rather than the antibiotics, driving the metabolic effects.

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