08 June 2012
Vol 336, Issue 6086

About The Cover

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COVER Human intestinal bacteria (field-of-view width: ~11.4 μm). The human gut is teeming with symbiotic microbes that interact with their host to maintain health. A joint Science and Science Translational Medicine special section (see page 1245) explores advances in microbial ecology, microbial and host metabolisms, and interactions between gut microbes and the host immune system. Complementary articles discuss how to apply this knowledge to boost health and nutrition, combat infectious disease, and control noncommunicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Front cover image: Copyright Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.