Assessing Host-Microbiota Relationships

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News spotlights Taconic Biosciences' Alexander Maue, PhD, who is an expert on the microbiome:

Assessing Host-Microbiota Relationships"Microbes have long had the knack of making themselves at home. In fact, these versatile and adaptable life forms are known to have preceded us by billions of years, exploiting virtually every niche on the planet. Microbes will in all likelihood survive us, too. In the meantime, they are happy to treat us as yet another niche, albeit a fairly complicated one.

Our microbes and our bodies often practice a form of mutual accommodation. It's a delicate balancing act, one that is essential to our health and well-being. Such an important relationship can hardly be left to chance. It must be understood and, if necessary, managed."
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