November 21, 2012

There are three pounds of germs in your body. Yay!

I was just reading a fascinating article by Michael Specter called "Germs Are Us." It's about all the germs, microbes, and bacteria in our bodies. Check it out!
"[We] leave the womb without a single microbe. As we pass through our mother's birth canal, we begin to attract entire colonies of bacteria. Bu the time a child can crawl, he has been blanketed by an enormous, unseen cloud of microorganisms—a hundred trillion or more. They are bacteria, mostly, but also viruses and fungi . . . and they come at us from all directions: other people, food, furniture, clothing, cars, buildings, trees, pets, even the air we breathe. They congregate in our digestive systems and our mouths, fill the space between our teeth, cover our skin, and line our throats. We are inhabited by as many as 10,000 bacterial species; these cells outnumber those which we consider our own by ten to one, and weigh, all told about three pounds—the same as our brain."

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