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The Human Microbiota in Health and Disease

An Ecological and Community-based Approach

Mike Wilson
Publication Date:
April 01, 2018
Content Details:
420 pages | 536 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    A human being is a symbiotic system that consists of a mammalian component interacting with a multiplicity of microbes, collectively referred to as the microbiota. The microbiota associated with humans is comprised of a variety of communities, the composition of each being dependant on the particular body site it inhabits. This book describes the various communities inhabiting humans as well as their important roles in human health and disease. An ecological approach has been adopted throughout the book to explain why the microbial community at a particular body site has a particular composition when in balance with the host (eubiosis), and why certain factors can disrupt the balance and induce dysbiosis. The techniques used to determine microbial community composition are discussed and a chapter is devoted to the many factors that underlie this mammalian-microbe symbiosis.

    The Human Microbiome In Health And Disease is aimed at senior undergraduates and graduates whose courses include a module on the indigenous microbiota of humans. It will also be useful to professional scientists, clinicians, and others who are keen to know more about the human microbiota and its role in health and disease.


      • Describes the microbiota of each body system, with a chapter devoted to each system
      • Ecological approach explains when human and microbes are in balance (eubiosis) and out of balance (dysbiosis)
      • Explains the techniques used to determine microbial community composition
      • Expertly illustrated
      • Guidance on further reading given
  • Contents

    Chapter 1. The human microbiota - an historical and methodological overview

    Chapter 2. The human-microbe symbiosis

    Chapter 3. The indigenous microbiota of the skin

    Chapter 4. The indigenous microbiota of the respiratory system

    Chapter 5. The indigenous microbiota of the genitourinary system of males

    Chapter 6. The indigenous microbiota of the urinary system of females

    Chapter 7. The indigenous microbiota of the reproductive system of females

    Chapter 8. The indigenous microbiota of the oral cavity

    Chapter 9. The indigenous microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract

    Chapter 10. Microbial community disruption – a role in other human diseases?

    Chapter 11. The indigenous microbiota of humans – where are we now and where should we be going?