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Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through

Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through two potential strategies: (i) generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors, or (ii) inducing dysphoria until we eat foods that enhance their fitness.

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    • 2014-10-01
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1002/bies.201400071
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      0265-9247
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      1521-1878

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    Alcock, Joe, Maley, Carlo C., & Aktipis, C. Athena (2014). Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms. BIOESSAYS, 36(10), 940-949. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bies.201400071

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