Human Disease

Perhaps not surprisingly most clinical research focuses on recognized pathogens. There is an increasing realization, however, that most pathogens do not act in isolation and that infections have ‘polymicrobial’ phenotypes. In fact it has been shown that some microbial species will compete with pathogens for resources and provide a beneficial effect to the host. This type of clinical ecology is in its infancy and holds great promise for providing fundamental insights into human disease states.