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Karen Schwarzberg and Mike Gurney, students in the Spring 2010 graduate course in Integrative Microbiology at the University of California at San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program, consider the implications of a paper recently published in Nature by Hehemann et al., that studied the impact on the microbial flora of a culture that consumes, on average, 14 grams of seaweed per day.

"Despite the rise of a global culture, deliciously distinct differences in diet still persist among various nationalities. Makes one wonder if, along with each cuisine, comes a distinctive microbiome. We now have the research tools needed to begin to explore such possibilities. A paper recently published in Nature by Hehemann et al. reports that, in at least one particular instance, we do harbor bacteria adapted to the traditional diet of our culture."

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