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Intestinal Networks in Health and Disease

Vol. 474 No. 7351 pp297-336
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  • Produced with support from Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

    The intestinal tract has two main functions: the digestion and absorption of nutrients, and an essential barrier to the external environment, protecting against infection and disease. Tens of trillions of resident microbes, known as the gut microbiota, help to keep this system in balance. This Insight explores the complex networks involved in maintaining a healthy gut, and may point to future strategies for more effective preventative and therapeutic measures.

    Credit: Nik Spencer