Analysis of the intestinal microflora: a renaissance

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. Jul-Nov 1999;76(1-4):265-78.


The ability of microbial ecologists to analyse the composition of complex bacterial communities has been greatly enhanced by the application of molecular methodologies. The use of these techniques should enable an accurate record of the identity and population dynamics of the inhabitants of the intestinal tract to be obtained, and should promote an improved comprehension of the relationship between the microflora and the human host. This, in turn, will lead to a new concept of the intestinal microflora of humans.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / classification*
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / microbiology*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics


  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S