Community health care: therapeutic opportunities in the human microbiome

Sci Transl Med. 2011 Apr 13;3(78):78ps12. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001626.


We are never alone. Humans coexist with diverse microbial species that live within and upon us--our so-called microbiota. It is now clear that this microbial community is essentially another organ that plays a fundamental role in human physiology and disease. Basic and translational research efforts have begun to focus on deciphering mechanisms of microbiome function--and learning how to manipulate it to benefit human health. In this Perspective, we discuss therapeutic opportunities in the human microbiome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Humans
  • Metagenome*