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The Human Colony
Human MicrofloraDid you know that a lot of you isn't you? That is, there are at least as many bacterial cells in your body as there are human cells. These beneficial bacteria help us digest food, protect us from unfriendly bacterial invaders, and may help to balance our neurotransmitters. They may even help us to adapt to unique environmental situations by providing us with an additional source of DNA capable of undergoing generations of evolution and adaption in very short periods of time. 

In addition, there is evidence that the organelles within our cells (and all other cells, for that matter) developed by the fusion of different bacteria into one. That is, even our cells are made of other bacteria! This series of articles will explore the relationships between our human parts and our bacterial parts, how this relationship developed, and what it may mean for our health and the health of our environment.