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Gastrointestinal microbial ecology

Roderick I. Mackie, H. Rex Gaskins
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 6 Number 6: Page 18 (December 1999)

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Abstract: The human colon contains more baccteria than the human body has cells. What all those microbes are doing there, and how they might interact to provide the beneficial functions ascribed to them, are just beginning to be investigated. Meanwhile, unsubstantiated claims that some strains of certain indigenous bacterial species have positive effects on health underlie aa burgeoning "probiotics" industry. One approach to understanding the intestinal mictobiota is to study laboratory animals raised in a germ-free environment, but extrapolation from these observations is limited because the animals naturally have poorly developed immune systems.

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