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Socio-Economic Status of Children can Influence Microorganisms in Their Digestive Tract

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Findings of a nationwide study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, suggest that a family’s socio-economic status (SES) may influence children’s composition of gut microbiome — the mix of microscopic organisms within the digestive tract.

SES includes economic resources such as education, income and occupation, and are reflected in living conditions, nutrition and psychosocial stress, according to the study, which focused on the education levels of mothers and fathers.

Samples of DNA and nucleic acids from a racially diverse group of 588 children, ages 1 ...