Bacterial Flora

Bacterial Flora is a community of bacteria that exists on or in the body, and possesses a unique ecological relationship with the host. Bacterial flora encompasses a wide variety of microorganisms, and the interactions between microbes and host creates a mutualistic relationship that both entities benefit from. Humans in particular provide a diversified ecosystem for a large variety of microbes. An average human adds 37 million bacteria to the air an hour in a given space. The mutualistic relationship has a significant impact on the host, and is thought to influence aspects like human traits such as obesity. In 2007, the National Institute of Health started the Human Genome Project designed to help understand the health implications of human bacterial flora. Biologist believe that bacterial flora may play some role in disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis. Additionally, the study of flora can have industrial benefits such as dietary supplements like probiotics. The living microorganisms in probiotics are believed to have positive effects on health, and have been utilized in studies regarding gastrointestinal diseases and allergies.

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... Other bacterial products include gas (flatus), which is a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, with small amounts of the gases hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen ... Bacterial fermentation of undigested polysaccharides produces these ... The normal flora is also essential in the development of certain tissues, including the cecum and lymphatics ...
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... Vaginal flora is influenced by a variety of factors including exogenous and endogenous influences ... during child-bearing years, otherwise the bacterial flora is mixed ... In addition, race also influences vaginal flora.The occurrence of hydrogen-peroxide-producing lactobacilli is lower in African American women, and vaginal pH is higher ...

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