The early settlers: intestinal microbiology in early life.

  title={The early settlers: intestinal microbiology in early life.},
  author={Petra A M J Scholtens and Raish Oozeer and Roc{\'i}o Mart{\'i}n and K. Ounifi Ben Amor and Jan Knol},
  journal={Annual review of food science and technology},
The human intestinal microbiota forms an integral part of normal human physiology, and disturbances of the normal gut microbiology have been implicated in many health and disease issues. Because newborns are essentially sterile, their microbiota must establish and develop from the very first days of life. The first colonizers play an important role in the development of the ecosystem and may impact the long-term composition and activity of the microbiota. These first settlers obviously develop… CONTINUE READING
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