|Title||Community ecology as a framework for human microbiome research|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Gilbert J.A, Lynch S.V|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||Biochemistry & 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.