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To investigate the impact of microbes within the living environment on the gut microbiota of adults, we raised three groups of BALB/c mice from 3-4 weeks age in the same specificpathogen-free animal room for 8 weeks. The control group lived in cages with sterilized bedding (pelletized cardboard), the probiotics group had three probiotics added to the sterilized bedding, and the intestinal microbes (IM) group had the intestinal microbes of a healthy goat added to the bedding. All other variablesdoi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160568 pmid:27518814 pmcid:PMC4982623 fatcat:6vpgtzmatnasdjjokbtqbevho4