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Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Human Microbiome Program, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 10016, USA; New York Harbor Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York NY 10010, USA. Electronic address:
Intestinal microbial communities regulate a range of host physiological functions, from energy harvest and glucose homeostasis to immune development and regulation. Suez et al. (2014) recently demonstrated that artificial sweeteners alter gut microbial communities, leading to glucose intolerance in both mice and humans.