Human microbiome project provides census of thousands of microbes that live in and on us

It was a major feat when more than a decade ago, scientists deciphered the first human genome, containing 22,000 or so genes. But a massive effort to catalog all the microorganisms that live on and inside human beings shows people’s DNA is vastly outnumbered by that of their microscopic guests, which add another 8 million genes that perform crucial functions such as breaking down nutrients or coordinating the body’s response to disease.

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