The Human Microbiome before Birth

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Abstract

The conservation of the microbiota within humans and other hominids suggests an ancient assembly that has been selected to optimize host fitness. Pregnancy induces changes in the maternal microbiome just before the intergenerational hand-off of the microbiota. Interventions, including peri-partum antibiotics and Cesarean sections, may have unintended effects on babies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-560
Number of pages3
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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