Micro-organisms in the human gut: diversity and function

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Abstract

Research into the microbial community within the human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) has developed from investigating micro-organisms that cause disease to trying to establish those that are important to maintain health. Thus we are now at a point where the bacterial community in healthy individuals has been well characterized, emphasizing the huge interindividual variation that exists. Molecular advances have also facilitated initial studies on establishing the composition of the viral and eukaryotic communities. In this article, we provide an overview of the current state of knowledge, illustrating the structure and function of the gut microbial community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages5
JournalThe Biochemist
Volume33
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Eventbiochemical society focussed meeting - Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Mar 201122 Mar 2011

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Keywords

  • anaerobic bacteria
  • gastrointestinal tract
  • gut microbiota

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