Am I really only 1% human?

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Offline Karsten

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« on: 08/11/2009 23:48:41 »
I heard it on the radio. Well, it was not about me specifically. But they said that if one compares all the numbers of cells of organisms that live in/on the human form with the actual human cells, the number of human cells would be only 1%. True? Close? Bogus?
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« Reply #1 on: 09/11/2009 02:33:47 »
True. In numbers of cells, but not mass

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« Reply #2 on: 09/11/2009 19:47:01 »
True, because many of our cells are relatively big.
Also, if you look at our cells there's relatively little of them, genetically speaking, that's uniquely "human".
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« Reply #3 on: 10/11/2009 14:45:59 »
Don't forget that if you have the flu for example, thousands of viruses can be made in a single human cell ;)
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« Reply #4 on: 14/11/2009 18:38:16 »
Could you throw some numbers at me please? How many human cells are there on average? Which/how many cells are distinctly human? What makes a cell distinctly human? Which cells are indistinctly human? Why?
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« Reply #5 on: 14/11/2009 21:20:47 »
So that is 10 Trillion human cells. Not bad. Lots of other critters though.

But that looks more like a ratio of 1:10 than 1:99
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