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Community ecology as a framework for human microbiome research

TitleCommunity ecology as a framework for human microbiome research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsGilbert J.A, Lynch S.V
JournalNature Medicine
Date Published2019/06
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1078-8956
Accession NumberWOS:000470844400017
KeywordsBiochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; clostridium-difficile; colonization resistance; ecosystem; evolution; host; human gut microbiome; impacts; infants; infection; medicine; probiotics; Research & Experimental

The field of human microbiome research has revealed the intimate co-association of humans with diverse communities of microbes in various habitats in the human body, and the necessity of these microbes for the maintenance of human health. Microbial heterogeneity between humans and across spatial and temporal gradients requires multidimensional datasets and a unifying set of theories and statistical tools to analyze the human microbiome and fully realize the potential of this field. Here we consider the utility of community ecology as a framework for the interrogation and interpretation of the human microbiome.

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