Edit: Matters Arising
In this Nature News article, Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells, and in the bioRxiv pre-print article, Revised estimates for the number of human and bacteria cells in the body, a new estimate of the ratio of microbial cells on the human body to human cells that make up the body has been revised down to close to 1-to-1, with there being slightly more microbial cells to human cells.
It should be noted that near 90% of the human cells taken into account were red blood cells and platelets.
- Revised estimates for the number of human and bacteria cells in the body, Sender et.al. bioRxiv preprint.
Note: Preprint articles have not been refereed. The information in them is subject to change, may not pass review, and in the end my not be accepted for publication.
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- bioRxiv.org: What is an unrefereed preprint?
The human body contains trillions of microorganisms — outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Because of their small size, however, microorganisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body's mass (in a 200-pound adult, that’s 2 to 6 pounds of bacteria), but play a vital role in human health.
From: NIH Human Microbiome Project defines normal bacterial makeup of the body
Additional Information on Microbiome and Obesity
Altering the Intestinal Microbiota during a Critical Developmental Window Has Lasting Metabolic Consequences
From The American Journal of Gastroenterology Supplements (a Nature Press Journal)
This article was published as part of a supplement sponsored by the Gi Health Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the effect of gastrointestinal disorders in the United States. The foundation's goal is to provide health professionals with the most current education and information on gastrointestinal health.
Impact of the Gut Microbiota on the Development of Obesity: Current Concepts