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Interactive exploration of human microbiome

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on Saturday, 16 June 2012
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microbiomTeachable Moment: Scientists are only now beginning to understand the extent of the importance of the microbiome in our lives.  New research suggests that the bugs in our stomach can even impact our mood. This interactive graphic is a great road map of where the microbiom exists in our bodies.

According to Scientific American: "The body contains 10 times more bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms than human cells. Most of these species are harmless—although they can still cause illness if they wind up in the wrong place. In addition, researchers are beginning to learn exactly how some microbial species in the body help digestion and contribute to regulation of appetite and the immune system."

Click on the reference link for the interactive image.

Reference: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=microbiome-graphic-explore-human-microbiome

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