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The Body’s Ecosystem: The Entire Human Microbiome


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Nice intro to the entire human microbiome.

This whole page is fascinating. Thank you for sharing!

The human body is teeming with microbes—trillions of them. The commensal bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1, and the viruses that teem inside those cells and ours may add another order of magnitude. Genetic analyses of samples from different body regions have revealed the diverse and dynamic communities of microbes that inhabit not just the gut and areas directly exposed to the outside world, but also parts of the body that were long assumed to be microbe-free, such as the placenta, which turns out to harbor bacteria most closely akin to those in the mouth. The mouth microbiome is also suspected of influencing bacterial communities in the lungs.

This is neat!

I think microbiome is neat, too.

I've been learning more about it: http://pandawhale.com/ifindkarma/microbiome

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