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Cell Metab. 2013 Mar 5;17(3):317-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2013.02.013.

Xenobiotics and the human gut microbiome: metatranscriptomics reveal the active players.

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.


The human gut microbiome plays an important role in the metabolism of xenobiotics. In a recent issue of Cell, Maurice et al. (2013) identify the active members of the gut microbiome and show how gene-expression profiles change within the gut microbial community in response to antibiotics and host-targeted xenobiotics.

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