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The genomics of probiotic intestinal microorganisms

Seppo Salminen1*, Jussi Nurmi2 and Miguel Gueimonde1

Author Affiliations

1 Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland

2 Department of Biotechnology, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland

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Genome Biology 2005, 6:225  doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-7-225

Published: 29 June 2005

Abstract

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.