Half world’s population may have new virus

A newly discovered virus may be living in the stomach of half the world’s population.

The virus could be one of the most common in the human gut, researchers at San Diego University suggest.

The virus, named crAssphage, lives inside bacteroides, stomach bacteria that may be related to diabetes and obesity.

Researchers examined 466 human faecal samples from Europe, America, Korea and Japan.

The virus was found in three quarters of the sample.

The discovery may help research into stomach-related diseases and obesity.

Read more at San Diego State University