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Microbiology: Straight from the gut

The human body teems with microbes. In the first of two features, Asher Mullard looks at the global efforts to catalogue this vast 'microbiome'. In this, the second, Apoorva Mandavilli meets the surgeons who have a rare opportunity to watch an ecosystem being established as they transplant guts from one person to another.

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Apoorva Mandavilli is a freelance writer based in New York. See Editorial, page 563, and News Feature, page 578.

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Mandavilli, A. Microbiology: Straight from the gut. Nature 453, 581–582 (2008).

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