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But the thing that interests me most about this, and what’s most startling to me, is that the number of cells that make up the microbiome, represented by the bacteria mainly, but also to a smaller degree by the viruses and yeast and amoebas — they are 10 times that of human cells. When people first encounter that statistic they think, “What? That’s incredible.”
The fact that part of the gut flora is an active extension of the acquired immune system in humans and that we are actually a cooperative life community — only part of a life community — is yet another humbling realization in line with those caused by Darwin and others along the way. Copernicus, even. We are part of the web of life and more intricately interwoven with it than we have allowed ourselves to realize. If those cells are 10 times ours, we obviously need to spend a lot of time understanding what that relationship is and how we affect it. And of course there are lots of examples already where doctors are discovering that this is an amazing new dimension in medicine."