What is the Human Microbiome?
- The communities of microbes that reside on and in all humans on Earth.
- The ratio of microorganisms to human cells in the body is 10 to 1.
- Over 30 trillion microbes exist on a single human.
- Over 10,000 microbial species inhabit the human body.
- 8 million microbial protein-coding genes have been found in the body, 360 times the number of human genes.
- Microbes are intimately woven into our health and act like an additional organ.
- When disrupted, these diverse microbial communities can drive a wide range of diseases.