A microbial world within us

  title={A microbial world within us},
  author={Erwin G. Zoetendal and Elaine E. Vaughan and Willem Meindert de Vos},
  journal={Molecular Microbiology},
The microbial world within us includes a vast array of gastrointestinal (GI) tract communities that play an important role in health and disease. Significant progress has been made in recent years in describing the intestinal microbial composition based on the application of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)‐based approaches. These were not only instrumental in providing a phylogenetic framework of the more than 1000 different intestinal species but also illustrated the temporal and spatial diversity of… 

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