1 Human Colonic Microbiology and the Role of Dietary Intervention : Introduction to Prebiotics

  title={1 Human Colonic Microbiology and the Role of Dietary Intervention : Introduction to Prebiotics},
  author={Claire L Vernazza and Bodun A Rabiu and Glenn R M Gibson},
The human embryo is virtually sterile, but at birth microbial colonisation of the gastrointestinal tract occurs, with the neonate receiving an inoculum from the birth canal (Fuller, 1991; Zetterström et al., 1994). The microbial pattern that ensues depends on the method of delivery (Beritzoglou, 1997; Salminen et al., 1998a) and hygiene precautions associated with parturition (Lundequist et al., 1985). In addition to characteristic vaginal flora such as lactobacilli, yeast, streptococci… CONTINUE READING


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