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Podcast: Guts

black bear sniffs the ground
Photo credit: Diana Lafferty.
Audio Abstract
Audio Abstract
Podcast: Guts
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Erin McKenney, an assistant professor of applied ecology here at NC State, joins Audio Abstract to talk about palatial guts, gut microbiomes and cecum envy.

Guts are “record keepers of evolutionary history, feeding strategies and variability among species members,” McKenney says. In fact, the gut “is our primary interface with the world.”

McKenney doesn’t just study animal guts and microbiomes. She also recently did a study on human guts and found that our guts are just as unique as we are. In terms of our microbiomes and gut features, then, humans and animals alike really are what we eat.