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Woodrats can 'stomach' anything thanks to gut microbes

from Science World Report

Meet the desert woodrat — a rodent species native to the western North American deserts. Though quite tiny in size, make no mistake; these creatures can "stomach" just about anything. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah found that as many enjoy feasting on creosote bush that's covered in toxic resin, the rodent's gut bacteria allows them to consume a poisonous compilation of plants. Many toxic chemicals can be found in this regimen of foilage, including nordihydroguaiarectic acid — a chemical that wreaks havoc on the liver and kidneys of other lab mice. more


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