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Humans carry trillions of microbes that make up personal microbiomes

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Humans carry trillions of microbes that make up personal microbiomes

All human beings carry around bacteria. In fact, we carry around so many that we have 10 times more bacterial microbes than our own cells. We're not born with any, but they quickly become a part of us. These trillions of microbes make up our microbiome. Jack Gilbert is an Argonne National Laboratory Scientist. His life work has been on the scientific research regarding the unique bacterial fingerprints we have, and the consequences for our health, allergies, and maybe even for children with autism. He joins us in studio to talk about his research and answer listener questions. (Photo: Flickr/niaid)

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