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Cell. 2016 Jan 28;164(3):337-40. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.01.013.

Are We Really Vastly Outnumbered? Revisiting the Ratio of Bacterial to Host Cells in Humans.

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1
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 7610001, Israel.
2
Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 7610001, Israel. Electronic address: shai.fuchs@sickkids.ca.
3
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 7610001, Israel. Electronic address: ron.milo@weizmann.ac.il.

Abstract

It is often presented as common knowledge that, in the human body, bacteria outnumber human cells by a ratio of at least 10:1. Revisiting the question, we find that the ratio is much closer to 1:1.

PMID:
26824647
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2016.01.013
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