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Old 04-17-2018, 11:56 AM   #1
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Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.

Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.

The field is even asking questions of what it means to be "human" and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result.

"They are essential to your health," says Prof Ruth Ley, the director of the department of microbiome science at the Max Planck Institute, "your body isn't just you".

No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures.

This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). The greatest concentration of this microscopic life is in the dark murky depths of our oxygen-deprived bowels.

Prof Rob Knight, from University of California San Diego, told the BBC: "You're more microbe than you are human."
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43674270?SThisFB
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That number (43%) is the number of cell, not volume. We are absolutely more human by volume. Anywho, we have known for a while the symbiotic relationship we have with bacterial floral, we just need more research to fully identify the relationships.
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I can vouch for this statement personally....
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That number (43%) is the number of cell, not volume. We are absolutely more human by volume. Anywho, we have known for a while the symbiotic relationship we have with bacterial floral, we just need more research to fully identify the relationships.
Yeah, the headline could be a bit misleading, but if you think of the body as a population of cells, rather than a volume of cells, then it's cool.

I was curious about the relative volume of cells, found this:

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The average human cell is about 10 -15 micrometres (m), which means we're about 100,000 times bigger than our cells. If your cells were the size of a five cent piece, you'd be two kilometres tall.

Not all cells are that tiny. Human egg cells are about 130 m, which is wider than a human hair (100 m) and 30 times wider than the head of even the most ambitious sperm. But they're nothing compared to the giants of the cellular world. The nerve cells in your sciatic nerve are about a metre long - they run all the way from your spine to your foot.

Bacteria are cells too, but they're only about one tenth the size of our cells. And viruses are smaller again they're about a hundredth the size of our cells.

So we're about 100,000 times bigger than our cells, a million times bigger than bacteria, and 10 million times bigger than your average virus!
And fungi are usually about 2-10 micrometers, so they're closest to the size of human cells, but still smaller.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articl...30/2859247.htm
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