The microbiome and the virome made it to the editorial pages of the New York Times where the editors write that while "we think of ourselves as individuals" that "we are also a complex ecosystem, a habitat." The editorial was inspired by the recent Nature paper from Washington University's Jeffrey Gordon on fecal virome diversity. Gordon and his colleagues found that the fecal viromes of identical twins varied widely from one another, and from their mothers, in contrast to findings that family members tend to have similar bacterial communities. "The result is a significantly different view of who we are," the Times says. The paper adds: "We are not just the expression of an individual human genome. We are, as Dr. Gordon writes, 'a genetic landscape,' a collective of genomes of hundreds of different species all working together."
The Human Collective
Jul 21, 2010