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A Jungle in There: Bacteria in Belly Buttons are Highly Diverse, but Predictable

  • Jiri Hulcr,

    Affiliations: School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, Department of Biology and Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Andrew M. Latimer,

    Affiliation: Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis, California, United States of America

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  • Jessica B. Henley,

    Affiliation: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Nina R. Rountree,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Noah Fierer,

    Affiliations: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Andrea Lucky,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology and Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Margaret D. Lowman,

    Affiliations: School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Robert R. Dunn mail

    rrdunn@ncsu.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology and Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: November 07, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047712

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