Honor thy gut symbionts redux

Science. 2012 Jun 8;336(6086):1251-3. doi: 10.1126/science.1224686. Epub 2012 Jun 6.


Exploring our gut microbial communities with new tools is allowing us to revisit old questions; to develop new concepts about our evolution, postnatal development, systems physiology, individuality, and definitions of health; and to further delineate the impact of our changing life-styles. It is also allowing us to envision exciting new ways for addressing global health problems. This area is inherently interdisciplinary, offering a wealth of opportunities to create new fields, partnerships, and educational initiatives. It is captivating to the public and carries substantial expectations. As such, participating scientists need to sponsor proactive, solution-focused discussions of its societal implications.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diet
  • Food
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Metagenome*
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbial Consortia
  • Probiotics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Symbiosis
  • Synbiotics