General Microbiome Reviews

An overview of general microbiome review papers, with a focus on the human microbiome. Updated October 2017. OA means Open Access (free access for everyone).


A clinician’s guide to microbiome analysis – Marcus Claesson – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology – August 2017

Optimizing methods and dodging pitfalls in microbiome research – Dorothy Kim – Microbiome – May 2017 (OA)

The Host Microbiome Regulates and Maintains Human Health: A Primer and Perspective for Non-Microbiologists – Sunil Thomas – Cancer Research – April 2017

The role of the microbiome in human health and disease: an introduction for clinicians – Vincent B Young – BMJ – March 2017

High-resolution characterization of the human microbiome – Cecilia Noecker – Translational Research (OA) – January 2017


The Human Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease – Susan V. Lynch – New England Journal of Medicine – December 2016

The Hoops, Hopes, and Hypes of Human Microbiome Research – Elisabeth Bik – Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine – September 2016 (OA)

The human gut microbiome in health: establishment and resilience of microbiota over a lifetime – Kacy Greenhalgh – Environmental Microbiology – July 2016 (OA)

Nature Special Supplement: Intestinal Microbiota in Health and Disease – July 2016 (OA)

Status of the Archaeal and Bacterial Census: an Update – Patrick D Schloss – mBio – May 2016 (OA)

Antibiotic use and its consequences for the normal microbiome – Martin J Blaser – Science – April 2016 (OA)

The healthy human microbiome – Jason Lloyd-Price – Genome Medicine – April 2016 (OA)

A new view of the tree of life – Laura A. Hug – Nature Microbiology – April 2016 (OA)

Good introduction for other sample types too! Research Techniques Made Simple: Bacterial 16S Ribosomal RNA Gene Sequencing in Cutaneous Research – Jay-Hyun Jo – Journal of Investigative Dermatology (OA)

Taking it Personally: Personalized Utilization of the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease – Niv Zmora – Cell Host & Microbe – January 2016 (OA)


Cohabitation in the Intestine: Interactions among Helminth Parasites, Bacterial Microbiota, and Host Immunity – Lisa A. Reynolds – The Journal of Immunology – November 2015 (OA)

Ecology and Evolution of the Human Microbiota: Fire, Farming and Antibiotics – Michael R. Gillings – MDPI Genes – September 2015 (OA)

The gut microbiome in health and in disease – Andrew B. Shreiner – Current Opinion in Gastroenterology – January 2015 (OA)


The Human Microbiome: Our Second Genome – Elizabeth A. Grice and Julia A. Segre – Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics – September 2012 (OA)

Role of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease: from correlation to causation – Willem M de Vos and Elisabeth AJ de Vos – Nutrition Reviews – August 2012

The Human Microbiome: at the interface of health and disease – Ilseung Cho and Martin Blaser – Nat Rev Genet. – March 2012 (OA)