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Microbes inside you outnumber your cells, maybe by ten to one.

Are your microbes making you moody?

... we should almost regard ourselves as passengers in our own bodies, because the microbes that hitch a ride on us outnumber our own cells over fifty fold.  The average human intestine is ...

Salmon Sushi

Sushi-digesting marine gene turns up in human intestines

... into the guts of aJapanese sushi-eaters whereupon their own bacterial flora have grabbed the genes and incorporated them into their own metabolic repertoire. In this way they've equipped ...

E.coli bacteria

Gut feeling: bacteria and diabetes

... diabetes. This form of diabetes is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking insulin-secreting cells in the ... the bacteria living inside us will help us understand our own health and disease. Intestinal bacteria can trigger the ...

Mouse experiment

Mice given penicillin in pregnancy behave badly

... pups once they are born and become colonised with their own bacteria, which are carried to the brain. These factors, ...