More and more gut microbiome is starting to suggest a connection between the gut microbiome and its interactions with various diseases and conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Influenza, obesity, depression, and even cancer. Some research proves that there are significant changes in the gut microbiomes when the body goes through illness or a major treatment or surgery. Sometimes this change in the microbiome can cause dysbiosis and lead to downstream treatment issues. Therefore, it was important to gather data that can repeatedly be used as base microbiome data and compared to data with other variables. In the lab, fecal samples were collected from deer mice, C57/B6 mice, Fischer rats, Siberian golden hamsters, prairie rattlesnakes, and Jamaican fruit bats. DNA was extracted and purified from all of the above species. DNA sequences from the deer mice, C57/B6 mice, and Fischer rats were analyzed and organized into OTUs and graphs depicting the relative abundances of bacterial phyla. This data was studied alongside past gut microbiome research, to find a tie between changes in the gut microbiomes and cancer progression and treatment.
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