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Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Patrick J Kearns conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Jennifer L Bowen conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Michael F Tlusty conceived and designed the experiments, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Animal Ethics

The following information was supplied relating to ethical approvals (i.e., approving body and any reference numbers):

Animal Care and Use Committee. In terms of our sampling, the method used is a non-invasive sampling that uses standard veterinary methods (cotton tipped swabbing of animals) that was conducted as part of a routine physical examination. This study did not need IRB approval because the veterinary staff was present and conducted the sampling for us

DNA Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding the deposition of DNA sequences:

https://qiita.ucsd.edu/study/description/10572

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding data availability:

https://qiita.ucsd.edu/study/description/10572

Funding

This work was funded by the University of Massachusetts Boston Civic Engagement Scholars Initiative. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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