We All Have Our Bugs


It was several years ago that I first heard about a major study of the human microbiome — it was from Washington University's Jeff Gordon, presenting at a Marco Island conference some of the earliest genomics-based research into the microbial content of our bodies. At the time, many attendees were surprised to hear that microbial cells outnumber human cells 10 to one in the average human. Rarely have so many scientists been sent scrambling for hand sanitizer — but, it seems, they also scrambled to participate in the nascent microbiome field.

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