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of 'Epidemiology of, risk factors for, and possible causes of rheumatoid arthritis'

Human nutrition, the gut microbiome and the immune system.
Kau AL, Ahern PP, Griffin NW, Goodman AL, Gordon JI
Nature. 2011;474(7351):327. Epub 2011 Jun 15.
Marked changes in socio-economic status, cultural traditions, population growth and agriculture are affecting diets worldwide. Understanding how our diet and nutritional status influence the composition and dynamic operations of our gut microbial communities, and the innate and adaptive arms of our immune system, represents an area of scientific need, opportunity and challenge. The insights gleaned should help to address several pressing global health problems.
Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri 63108, USA.