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Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, October 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#11 of 2,099)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

Mentioned by

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38 news outlets
policy
1 policy source
twitter
142 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page

Citations

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67 Dimensions

Readers on

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420 Mendeley
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Title
Q&A: What are pathogens, and what have they done to and for us?
Published in
BMC Biology, October 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12915-017-0433-z
Pubmed ID
Authors

Francois Balloux, Lucy van Dorp

Abstract

Microbes are found on us, within us and around us. They inhabit virtually every environment on the planet and the bacteria carried by an average human, mostly in their gut, outnumber human cells. The vast majority of microbes are harmless to us, and many play essential roles in plant, animal and human health. Others, however, are either obligate or facultative pathogens exerting a spectrum of deleterious effects on their hosts. Infectious diseases have historically represented the most common cause of death in humans until recently, exceeding by far the toll taken by wars or famines. From the dawn of humanity and throughout history, infectious diseases have shaped human evolution, demography, migrations and history.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 420 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 88 21%
Student > Master 49 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 6%
Researcher 24 6%
Unspecified 20 5%
Other 51 12%
Unknown 162 39%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 71 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 49 12%
Unspecified 20 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 15 4%
Other 77 18%
Unknown 169 40%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 392. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 May 2023.
All research outputs
#69,719
of 23,864,690 outputs
Outputs from BMC Biology
#11
of 2,099 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,637
of 329,374 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Biology
#2
of 35 outputs
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