volume 8, issue 11, Pe78331 2013
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078331
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Abstract: Objectives Bifidobacterium species are one of the major components of the infant's intestine microbiota. Colonization with bifidobacteria in early infancy is suggested to be important for health in later life. However, information remains limited regarding the source of these microbes. Here, we investigated whether specific strains of bifidobacteria in the maternal intestinal flora are transmitted to their infant's intestine.Materials and MethodsFecal samples were collected from healthy 17 mother and infant pa…

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