The Evolving Human Microbiome


It is estimated that there are 10 times as many microbes in and on any given human as there are cells in that person's body. The microbiome is its own world, teeming with life so small and complex that it may never be possible to account for it all. Hundreds of researchers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to study the thousands of bacteria that live in and on humans, animals, and their environments. The impact that these tiny organisms have on human health is only just beginning to be understood, as is their potential to both cause and ameliorate disease.

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