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The Human Microbiome Project collected samples as shown in the image below from healthy volunteers: They give an estimate of about 8 Million genes in the human microbiome, which is about 360x the number of genes in the human genome. See here for their press release with a lot of information. Additionally these two articles are as well interesting, if you ...


Human Microbiome Project According to Published data on HMP website: The human microbiome consists of all the microorganisms that reside in or on the human body. They may cause illness but some are necessary for good health. There total count is 10 times more than Human cells. ~800 genomes had been sequenced. ~5000 Human sample had been used. Include 14 ...

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