BBC: More than half of your body is not human

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More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Preliminary research shows that these colonising cells might be tiny cultural marxist entities trying to subvert your traditional values and behaviour patterns.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43674270
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your humanity is an emergent property of your biology.
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now we need to figure out how to place my emergant humanity into an artificial life body so I don't die.
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One step further would be a complete download into a virtual reality, endless possibilities where everyone could get to live in (or try out) their preferred environmental/social/political world.
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Does this mean that it’s legitimate to refer to myself using the royal ’we’?
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Does this mean that it’s legitimate to refer to myself using the royal ’we’?
Kinda. You are the conscious centre of a multi-organism mutually-supportive collective. You are Comrade Number One.
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this is a fascinating article. thanks for posting. :borat:

"We were able to show that if you take lean and obese humans and take their faeces and transplant the bacteria into mice you can make the mouse thinner or fatter depending on whose microbiome it got."
Topping up obese with lean bacteria also helped the mice lose weight.
"This is pretty amazing right, but the question now is will this be translatable to humans"

clearly the future treatment is going to involve giving obese people transplants of healthy poo.
in the near future super donors will emerge who can become millionaires due to their vigorous microbiome. they will have their own Pootube channels with billions of visitors....
instead of seeking sugar daddies and other seedy sources of income, needy but healthy students will have access to a valuable resource. they will be literally sitting on a goldmine.
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"Where there's muck, there's brass" as they say. Where there's Stoola, there's moolah. I'll stop now.
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(Original post by Axiomasher)
More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.
Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Preliminary research shows that these colonising cells might be tiny cultural marxist entities trying to subvert your traditional values and behaviour patterns.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43674270
The average human is about 55% water. So 57% microbe on top of that means we are minus twelve percent human, whatever that means.
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