Year in Review: Your body is mostly microbes

Microbiome results argue for new view of animals as superorganisms

By Tina Hesman Saey, 23:00 PM December 13, 2013


We are not alone. Humans’ vast inner and outer spaces teem with a menagerie of microbes that stand poised to alter conceptions of what and who we are.

Traditionally, microbes have been viewed as insidious invaders that make people sick or as freeloaders in the human gut. That view is beginning to change. In 2013, scientists amassed substantial evidence that people and other animals form a unit with their resident bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses — the collection of microbes known as the m...

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