Volume 88 Issue 50 | pp. 32-35
Issue Date: December 13, 2010

Our Microbial Selves

Projects to tabulate communities of bacteria that cohabit our bodies reveal unexpected roles in health and disease
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: microbiome, proteomics, genomics

The old adage that people are known by the company they keep probably doesn’t refer to the trillions of microbes living on the human body—but it might as well. Although you may be influenced by the thousands of individuals you will meet in your lifetime, at this very moment there are more bacteria hanging out just in the palms your hands than there are humans on Earth. And the astonishing diversity of microbes that inhabit . . .

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