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Microbiome knowledge gets more complex and more interesting

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, December 27, 2013
One of 2013’s scientific breakthroughs of the year, according to Science, was the human microbiome. “Research on the trillions of bacterial cells that call the human body home made it clear how much these microbes do for us,” the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced, adding that “‘Personalized’ medicine will need to take these microbial tenants into account in order to be effective.” One of the advances in microbiome research in 2013 was an expanded understanding of just how many aspects of physiology are influenced by microbes in the gut.

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