Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Human Lake"

Here's a fantastic article by Carl Zimmer that I came across a few weeks ago in Ed Yong's list of best science writing from 2011:
The microbes in your body at this moment outnumber your cells by ten to one. And they come in a huge diversity of species—somewhere in the thousands, although no one has a precise count yet. By some estimates there are twenty million microbial genes in your body: about a thousand times more than the 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome. So the Human Genome Project was, at best, a nice start. If we really want to understand all the genes in the human body, we have a long way to go.

Seriously, read the whole article.

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