Appreciating Our Usual Guests

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Science  29 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5722, pp. 635
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111460

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Microbial Inhabitants of Humans Their Ecology and Role in Health and Disease. By Michael Wilson. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005. 475 pp. $65, £35. ISBN 0-521-84158-5.

Taking an ecological approach that considers the influence of anatomical and physiological features of the human host as well as the microorganisms' impact on both healthy and impaired individuals, the author surveys microbial communities that inhabit healthy humans.