Stories broke across the Internet recently that researchers in France had discovered an entirely new microbial life form, living in the human digestive system.
Is this the movie “Alien” coming to life? Are we doomed?
No. It turns out the headlines like “Scientists think a whole new type of life form could be living in our guts” were running well ahead of the facts.
There is, as of now, no new observed and captured living thing swimming around in your stomach.
But there is some odd, unidentified DNA. And that alone is a really cool story.
“What we’re trying to do is to identify a very strange gene in the environment – strange with respect to genes that we understand are related to known organisms,” says Eric Bapteste, an evolutionary biologist at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.
“The research is in a very preliminary first step. The conclusion is not yet reached.”
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