The genomics of probiotic intestinal microorganisms
1 Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland
2 Department of Biotechnology, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland
Genome Biology 2005, 6:225 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-7-225Published: 29 June 2005
An intestinal population of beneficial commensal microorganisms helps maintain human health, and some of these bacteria have been found to significantly reduce the risk of gut-associated disease and to alleviate disease symptoms. The genomic characterization of probiotic bacteria and other commensal intestinal bacteria that is now under way will help to deepen our understanding of their beneficial effects.