We are what has colonized us?

“We have over 10 times more microbes than human cells in our bodies.” It’s called the microbiome.

Read this informative and entertaining article, and wonder to yourself: Who are we? Really? Notable phrases include “gut flora,” “she was colonized by all sorts of misfits,” “every square centimeter of our lungs is home to 2,000 microbes.” That’s a lot of microbes, I guess, but maybe not so much. Leaves me wondering how many microbes can dance on the head of a needle.

Scientists are regularly blown away by the complexity, power, and sheer number of microbes that live in our bodies. “We have over 10 times more microbes than human cells in our bodies,” said George Weinstock of Washington University in St. Louis. But the microbiome, as it’s known, remains mostly a mystery. “It’s as if we have these other organs, and yet these are parts of our bodies we know nothing about.” via How Microbes Defend and Define Us – NYTimes.com.

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