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The Chemistry of Microbiomes

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The Chemistry of Microbiomes

Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN/ASIN: 0309458366
ISBN-13: 9780309458368
Number of pages: 132

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The human organism is no longer considered a monolithic assembly of tissues, but is instead a true ecosystem composed of human cells, bacteria, fungi, algae, and viruses. As such, humans are not unlike other complex ecosystems containing microbial assemblages observed in the marine and earth environments. They all share a basic functional principle: Chemical communication is the universal language that allows such groups to properly function together. These chemical networks regulate interactions like metabolic exchange, antibiosis and symbiosis, and communication.

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