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Asked • 05/06/19

Why is the microbial ecosystem of the gut so susceptible to disruption by pathogens?

From all accounts, it seems as if the Escherichia, Enterobacter, etc. that live and thrive in the human gut are pretty well entrenched. I know that these microbial populations are often analyzed as an ecosystem. What surprises me is that it seems like minor food poisoning can throw the whole ecosystem off. I know superficially that *Clostridium* are contenders in the fight because they remain viable after traveling through the acid of the stomach, but why are these populations so sensitive to other invading bacteria?

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Sierra G. answered • 09/20/19

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