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The Human Microbiota in Health and Disease


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Preface Author Abbreviations used for Microbial Genera Glossary 1. The Human Microbiota- A Historical and Methodological Overview 2. The Human-Microbe Symbiosis 3. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Skin 4. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Respiratory System 5. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Genitourinary System of Males 6. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Urinary System of Females 7. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Reproductive System of Females 8. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Oral Cavity 9. The Indigenous Microbiota of the Gastrointestinal Tract 10. Microbial Community Disruption-A Role in Other Human Diseases? 11. The Indigenous Microbiota of Humans-Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Going? Appendix 1: Human Antimicrobial Peptides and Proteins Appendix 2: Distinguishing Characteristics of Those Genera That Are Frequently Mentioned in This Book Index

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Professor Michael Wilson is emeritus Professor of Microbiology at University College London (UCL), where he has worked since 1983. He has taught students on Bachelor and Master's courses in microbiology covering many aspects of the subject, including the human microbiota, infectious diseases, bacterial pathogenesis, microbial biofilms, infection control, and antimicrobial chemotherapy. He also actively engaged in research at UCL, and in recognition of his research achievements, he was awarded a DSc in 1999 by the National University of Ireland and in 2011 was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Minister of National Education. His main research interests are the indigenous microbiota of humans, biofilms, bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance, and the development of new antimicrobial strategies. He has a great interest in translational research and has applied for 13 patents for inventions in the fields of light-activated antimicrobial agents and water purification. In 1990 he received the National Westminster/British Petroleum Innovation Award and in 1991 the Toshiba "Invention of the Year" Award for inventing a low-technology method of sterilizing water for use in developing countries. He has published 334 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 238 conference abstracts, and 11 books, one of which, Bacteriology of Humans: An Ecological Perspective, was awarded the first prize in the Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors Medical Book Awards in 2008. He has supervised the research projects of 35 PhD students and 46 MSc students. He is also enthusiastic about communicating the results of his research to the general public. Consequently, he has organised exhibitions for, and given talks to, the public on a number of topics including the human microbiota, antibiotic resistance, and light-activated antimicrobial agents.


'The Human Microbiota in Health and Disease is the first edition of an extraordinary updated academic resource, which provides an exhaustive description of the nature and diversity of the microbial communities inhabiting the human body.

Each chapter is magnificently illustrated, contains several graphic charts and detailed tables, and terminates with a key concept list, review questions and an updated bibliography divided by topics.

Overall, the book is a valuable resource for students, researchers and anyone interested in the human microbiota and its impact on health and disease.' Dr Fabio Giocannercole, Sapienza University of Rome, Microbiology Today 46:2

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