Reference Number: 407
Health: Gut Microbiome
The microbial carrying capacity of humans is both substantial and plastic. It increases rapidly in early life and is shaped by a range of environmental exposures. In turn, microbial strains and their bioactive products, particularly those housed in the gut microbiome, impact physiological development and local and remote immune cell populations and influence organ function. This relatively new appreciation of the microbiome as an ancillary and malleable component critical to the health of humans has sparked renewed interest in gut microbiome manipulation for prevention, treatment and management of disease.