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Life sciences/Ecology/Microbial ecology/Host microbe interactions

This post in the Spotlight on Science Writers series comes from Sandra Markle, author of The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs.

We each have trillions of microbial hitchhikers living in and on our bodies. These symbiotic organisms have co-evolved with us over millions of years and increasingly are being seen as essential to our health and well being, researchers said at the 2012 Abelson Symposium at AAAS.

The effort to understand the human microbiome—the full complement of 4 million or more genes contained in the microbial community we each harbor—is one of the hottest fields of scientific research.