Thursday, May 7, 2009

Anthropophagic habits alter the microbiota of the human gut

Mwongo, O.1, Mwongo, O.1, Mwongo, O.1 and Mwongo, J.C.2
1Yuyu University, somewhere in Africa (ND)
2Dpt. Of Anthropophagy, Wholemeat Breakfast University, South Dakota

Eating habits and the nature of the diet, both qualitatively and quantitatively, are known to influence the composition of the microbiota in the intestine. Although cannibalism is though to have played a role in social development and early evolution of the human species, the influence of human meat ingestion had never been investigated from a physiological and microbiological point of view. This is the first scientific study in this pioneering direction. Two-hundred regular daily customers of the junk- and fast-food restaurant McMickey’s were blindly fed with ground meat from human forensic waste in their hamburgers instead of the normal junk, whereas a second cohort of 200 individuals were fed with the habitual stuff, as a control. The Committee for Bioethics of the state of South Dakota allowed this experiment because “it would not be worse than the shit these guys were eating already, anyway”. Interestingly, the human meat-eating group asked for an extra piece three-times more frequently than the control, and 23% asked the cook if the recipe had been improved somehow, visibly delighted. In contrast, more complains about the quality of the food were presented by the control group in comparison with the human-meat eating group (p<0.000001), the only complain from the latter group corresponding to one individual who found a gold tooth in his BigMac. Automatic probes for collecting samples of faeces from all individuals involved in the experiment were cunningly installed in their domestic WCs by postgraduate students disguised as household cleaning personnel. Visual examination of the consistence and abundance of the faecal samples revealed that human meat-eating individuals went to the toilet more regularly. Faecal samples were collected and processed for the isolation of microbial species in culture and their further identification by serologic and molecular techniques. In parallel, rRNA 16S amplification and sequencing was performed straight on the faecal samples from both experimental groups to identify non-cultivable bacteria. Surprisingly, our study revealed an increase in microbial diversity that was patent in samples from individuals subjected to involuntary human meat diet, respect to the control. Novel anaerobic species were isolated, namely Nosferatella cannibalensis, Cometelcoccus dakotensis, Delacacca gordae and Morbidelicatella macmickeyii. Our results suggest that recycling human corpses onto the alimentary chain would have a positive impact in human health, save energy that is currently wasted in crematory ceremonies, and allow the recovery of massive urban burial grounds for other social uses.

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