99 percent of microbes in your body are completely unknown to science

September 2, 2017

A dizzying number of microbes call the human body home, and it turns out that science knows very little about most of them. In fact, a new Stanford survey of the foreign DNA fragments circulating in the human body has found that 99 percent of microbes inside us are completely unknown to science.

 

The discovery was initially made by accident, as a team investigated less invasive ways to predict whether a patient's body would reject a transplanted organ.

 

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