Seeing the microbiome through a host lens
Sean recently published a commentary in the journal mSystems that outlines a vision of defining ‘microbiome health’ through a host lens: i.e. determining what exact components of the variation in the microboita influence host phenotypes. Much of the variation in the microbiome likely had nothing to do with the health state of the host, but loss of critical diversity and/or functionality predictably alters the physiology of the host. To learn more, you can read the article here.
- Gibbons, S.M. 2019. Defining microbiome health through a host lense. mSystems. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00155-19