The human body relies on bugs for health and life. Without the microbes the human body plays host to, there would be no human life. Scientists tell us we are 90% bugs and 10% human. The number of microbes our lives depend are staggering. Maybe it would be more appropriate to label ourselves as a "human-microbe hybrid".
The human body is host to 100 trillion microbes. Without these “bugs” we could not live. They are vital to human life and without them there would be no human life. These vast number of bugs that live in the body have vital work to do. The DNA of these bugs have been found to contain 60,000 genes, twice the number found in our own DNA. They carry the code for enzymes that humans don’t have and do things humans can’t do. When all is told, each of us is really a human-microbe hybrid.
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The human body contains only 10 trillion cells while we are host to 100,000 trillion microbes. Scientist jokingly say that a human is 90% microbes and 10% human. The total weight of all those microbes in one body is about the weight of our own liver. These bugs live in our mouth, eyes, reproductive organs and in our gut. Millions live in our gut alone. We could not digest food without them. In the colon these bugs synthesise our vitamins and breaks down fiber. In fact without these vital bugs we could not live or even be born.
Scientists are currently at work labeling all these bugs that are so vital for life and health. Already over 1,000 species in the gut have been labeled. Among many other studies new connections are coming to light about how bacteria can effect how fats are processed, and the likelihood of developing diabetes. How microbes effect other diseases are also being studied. Scientists are seeing possibilities in improving health by meddling with our microbes.
First signatures of all the chemicals that mirobes interactions create in the body will be collected. Then computers will go through vast lists of information and look for metabolic profiles that coralate with health and disease. Scientists will then search for ways to alter them. It might be with diet, drugs, or probiotics that contain helpful bacteria.
Isn’t it shocking to think how we fight every little bug we see with insect repellent and yet we are loaded with bugs who do the work that keeps us alive. Maybe we should put the bug spray away and appreciate bugs. After all we are 90% bugs.
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