Dining with Trillions of Fascinating Friends: Exploring Our Human Gut Microbiome

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Acapulco (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Jeffrey I. Gordon , Washington University , St. Louis, MO
Our genetic landscape is a summation of the genes embedded in our human genome and in the genomes of our microbial symbionts (the microbiome). Similarly, our metabolic features (metabotypes) are an amalgamation of human and microbial contributions. Understanding these interrelationships is important for advancing our appreciation of the nutritional value of food ingredients, for creating new nutritional guidelines and policies for humans at various stages of their lifespan