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A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers said on Friday.
The people, known as the Yanomami, were first spotted by air in 2008, and were visited a year later by a Venezuelan medical team that took samples from 34 of them, including skin and mouth swabs and stool samples. To protect their privacy, the name of their village was withheld from publication.
Scientists found that the tribespeople’s microbiome — the community of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in and on the body — was far more diverse than seen in comparison communities of rural Venezuelans and Malawians. Their microbiome was twice as diverse as observed in a reference group of Americans.
originally posted by: igloo
No offense, but the Yanomami were not just discovered in 2008. I know this because I took a course in my early twenties, about twenty five years ago and one of the texts was called "Yanomami: the fierce people" or something very similar. I would find a link to that publication but I'm so tired my eyes won't focus, so it stays as anecdotal evidence. Sorry.
Interesting concept though.
The research stems from the 2009 discovery of a tribe of Yanomami Amerindians in a remote mountainous area in southern Venezuela.