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China science

The study aimed to follow the growth of newborn babies on both sides of the border over a number of years, looking into the relationship between gut microbiomes and the development of their physical and mental health. Photo: Shutterstock

What bacteria in your baby’s intestine can tell you about her future

New research institute will follow growth of about 100,000 newborns in city and across the border in mainland China, looking for link between microorganisms in intestine and health development, such as the growth of organs, intellectual development and allergies.