Each of us has a community of microbes that lives in our digestive system. Scientists call this community our gut microbiome. It plays many important roles in our bodies, like helping to digest food, regulating our immune system, preventing diseases, and even affecting our appetites and our emotions.
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The name Tenericutes comes from the Latin for "soft skin," because they lack cell walls.
Verrucomicrobia translates to "warty bacteria" - named because of the bumps on their cell surfaces.
Although most cyanobacteria are photosynthetic and live in aquatic habitats, they make up a small portion of the gut microbiome.
Actinobacteria are very common on your skin, but also make up a small proportion of the gut microbiome.
Proteobacteria come in a variety of forms. They're named after the Greek god Proteus who could change shapes.
Firmicutes is one of the most abundant types of bacteria in the gut microbiome. It becomes more common after eating high-calorie foods.
Bacteroidetes are very common in gut microbiomes of humans as well as other animals.
Pathogens are microorganisms that can cause disease. Sometimes they are transmitted when a person ingests contaminated food or water.