On the Origins and Control of Community Types in the Human Microbiome

  title={On the Origins and Control of Community Types in the Human Microbiome},
  author={Travis E. Gibson and Amir Bashan and Hong-Tai Cao and Scott T. Weiss and Yang-Yu Liu},
  journal={PLoS computational biology},
  volume={12 2},
Microbiome-based stratification of healthy individuals into compositional categories, referred to as "enterotypes" or "community types", holds promise for drastically improving personalized medicine. Despite this potential, the existence of community types and the degree of their distinctness have been highly debated. Here we adopted a dynamic systems approach and found that heterogeneity in the interspecific interactions or the presence of strongly interacting species is sufficient to explain… CONTINUE READING
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