3. A Census of Your Insides

A pioneering project is mapping the microbes that live inside us all, and showing how they can be tapped to fight colitis, asthma, and cancer.

By Kat McGowan|Friday, December 21, 2012
RELATED TAGS: BACTERIA, MICROBIOME
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I contain multitudes—literally—and so do you. A hundred trillion bacteria, viruses, and other microbes, collectively known as the human microbiome, live on and inside our bodies. Last year, scientists working on two major collaborative projects produced the most comprehensive census so far of this inner world.

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