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Pathobionts: The Tale of an Opportunist

Our gastrointestinal (GI) tract harbors a rich ecological niche of an extraordinary amount and variety of microbes. Most of these microbes we keep around because they provide us nutritional, metabolic, or immunological benefits. How our body keeps in constant communication with these microbes to “keep-it-down-in-there” is relatively unknown, however we do know that sometimes these microbes can turn to the dark side.

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