The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Bethesda, Md, has just released the latest publication in its Breakthroughs in Bioscience series: "The Human Microbiome: Your Own Personal Ecosystem."
Its contents delve into the profusion of microorganisms living inside and on humans, and considers how they affect health and disease.
Scientists have observed, identified, and implicated individual microorganisms in specific diseases for more than 300 years.
More recently, with a merging of scientific disciplines, an eruption of technical capabilities, and novel ways of thinking, scientists are exploring the organisms with which we share our bodies. The effects of these organisms-our microbiome-on our heath are only just being recognized.
Breakthroughs in Bioscience is a collection of illustrated articles that highlight recent developments in basic biomedical research and explain how they impact medicine and human health.