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Your Microbes, Your Health

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Science  20 Dec 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6165, pp. 1440-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6165.1440-b

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Researchers have found that the trillions of bacteria living inside the human body play vital roles in determining how the body responds to challenges as different as malnutrition and cancer—a realization that Science's editors named a runner-up for Breakthrough of the Year. To be effective, future personalized medicine treatments will need to take these microbial guests into account.