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aureus persistently colonizes about 20 percent of the human population by binding to skin-like cells within the nasal cavity.
Most Brachyspira species have a restricted host range, whereas Brachyspira (formerly Serpulina) pilosicoli colonizes a variety of animal and bird species and humans.
albicans colonizes the vagina in an estimated 15%-25% of healthy women.
The action proceeds as follows: A distinctive combination of species colonizes a region, coexists for a while, and departs in the face of massive environmental change.