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microbiome (plural microbiomes)
- The genetic information (genomes) of a microbiota.
2012 August 1, “Defining the Human Microbiome”, in Nutrition Reviews, volume 70, number Suppl. 1, page S38–S44:
- The human microbiota consists of the 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut; the human microbiome consists of the genes these cells harbor.
- A microbial biome, such as the community of microbes within the human gut.
2013 June 29, “A punch in the gut”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 72-3:
- Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.