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Human and microbe: united we stand

A metagenomic analysis of the microbes in the human gut reveals their diversity and just how interdependent we are on them. Together with our microbes we are a human-bacterial superorganism with immense metabolic diversity and capacity.

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Figure 1: Intestinal homeostasis: a human-microbe balancing act.

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Sekirov, I., Finlay, B. Human and microbe: united we stand. Nat Med 12, 736–737 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm0706-736

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