Gut flora in health and disease

  title={Gut flora in health and disease},
  author={Francisco Guarner and J -R Malagelada},
  journal={The Lancet},
The human gut is the natural habitat for a large and dynamic bacterial community, but a substantial part of these bacterial populations are still to be described. However, the relevance and effect of resident bacteria on a host's physiology and pathology has been well documented. Major functions of the gut microflora include metabolic activities that result in salvage of energy and absorbable nutrients, important trophic effects on intestinal epithelia and on immune structure and function, and… CONTINUE READING
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