Father and son

My father and I live in different parts of the country: he's in the Midwest (where I grew up) and I'm on the West Coast. We're both healthy omnivores and, other than a couple-decade age difference we both eat roughly similar foods and have similar medical histories.

That said, I was surprised to see our gut biomes were so similar.

Here's me:

tax_name percent
Firmicutes 74.71%
Bacteroidetes 21.09%
Actinobacteria 2.62%
Proteobacteria 0.99%
Verrucomicrobia 0.30%
Euryarchaeota 0.18%
Lentisphaerae 0.04%
Synergistetes 0.03%
Tenericutes 0.03%
Fusobacteria 0.00%
Fibrobacteres 0.00%

Here's Dad

tax_name percent
Firmicutes 79.6222
Bacteroidetes 14.7487
Proteobacteria 2.6471
Actinobacteria 2.2301
Verrucomicrobia 0.7233
Lentisphaerae 0.0252
Synergistetes 0.0031

Here are my top 12 genera:

tax_name percent
Faecalibacterium 19.55%
Bacteroides 16.68%
Roseburia 16.65%
Blautia 13.44%
Sarcina 3.32%
Pseudobutyrivibrio 2.44%
Collinsella 2.40%
Parabacteroides 1.77%
Subdoligranulum 1.50%
Anaerotruncus 1.27%
Anaerostipes 1.24%
Alistipes 1.18%

and here are Dad's:

tax_name percent
Roseburia 32.4588
Faecalibacterium 9.2096
Bacteroides 8.0187
Blautia 6.2956
Sarcina 4.4129
Collinsella 1.9537
Pseudobutyrivibrio 1.9348
Dorea 1.7389
Anaerostipes 1.6994
Barnesiella 1.6915
Thalassospira 1.3788

The amounts and ordering are different, but we've got mostly the same genera.

Let's look more closely at the Bacteroidetes:

Here's me: Bacteroides Tax_Name Tax_Rank Explore Percent Graph Bacteroides caccae species Bacteroides caccae 5.0383% graph Bacteroides plebeius species Bacteroides plebeius 4.4023% graph Bacteroides vulgatus species Bacteroides vulgatus 2.4463% graph Bacteroides salyersiae species Bacteroides salyersiae 0.4612% graph Bacteroides fragilis species Bacteroides fragilis 0.197% graph Bacteroides finegoldii species Bacteroides finegoldii 0.0369% graph Bacteroides massiliensis species Bacteroides massiliensis 0.0167% graph Bacteroides uniformis species Bacteroides uniformis 0.0134% graph Bacteroides acidifaciens species Bacteroides acidifaciens 0.0067% graph Bacteroides stercorirosoris species Bacteroides stercorirosoris 0.0022% graph Bacteroides ovatus species Bacteroides ovatus 0.0022% graph

Here's Dad:

Bacteroides Tax_Name Tax_Rank Explore Percent Graph Bacteroides acidifaciens species Bacteroides acidifaciens 1.006% graph Bacteroides vulgatus species Bacteroides vulgatus 0.976% graph Bacteroides caccae species Bacteroides caccae 0.4659% graph Bacteroides finegoldii species Bacteroides finegoldii 0.4532% graph

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