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The healthy human microbiome

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, April 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#10 of 1,273)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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46 news outlets
4 blogs
1 policy source
130 tweeters
9 Facebook pages
1 Wikipedia page
4 Google+ users
4 video uploaders


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2128 Mendeley
1 CiteULike
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The healthy human microbiome
Published in
Genome Medicine, April 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13073-016-0307-y
Pubmed ID

Jason Lloyd-Price, Galeb Abu-Ali, Curtis Huttenhower


Humans are virtually identical in their genetic makeup, yet the small differences in our DNA give rise to tremendous phenotypic diversity across the human population. By contrast, the metagenome of the human microbiome-the total DNA content of microbes inhabiting our bodies-is quite a bit more variable, with only a third of its constituent genes found in a majority of healthy individuals. Understanding this variability in the "healthy microbiome" has thus been a major challenge in microbiome research, dating back at least to the 1960s, continuing through the Human Microbiome Project and beyond. Cataloguing the necessary and sufficient sets of microbiome features that support health, and the normal ranges of these features in healthy populations, is an essential first step to identifying and correcting microbial configurations that are implicated in disease. Toward this goal, several population-scale studies have documented the ranges and diversity of both taxonomic compositions and functional potentials normally observed in the microbiomes of healthy populations, along with possible driving factors such as geography, diet, and lifestyle. Here, we review several definitions of a 'healthy microbiome' that have emerged, the current understanding of the ranges of healthy microbial diversity, and gaps such as the characterization of molecular function and the development of ecological therapies to be addressed in the future.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
France 2 <1%
India 2 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Other 6 <1%
Unknown 2103 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 383 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 365 17%
Student > Master 309 15%
Researcher 278 13%
Other 111 5%
Other 326 15%
Unknown 356 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 473 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 397 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 258 12%
Immunology and Microbiology 210 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 78 4%
Other 302 14%
Unknown 410 19%

Attention Score in Context

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