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How Human Are We?

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

The definition of a human being is changing. Research exists that humans are not merely organisms, but rather holobionts or superorganisms depending on the research discipline. These two concepts refer to the idea that numerous organisms exist in one being. For example, fifty percent of cells in a human being are actual human. The remainder are microorganisms. There are probably more microbes in a compost pile than in any human being!

Humans have effectively created more genetic diversity by utilizing these microbes’ DNA. Genetically, all human beings are 99.9% identical, regardless of gender, race, or ancestry.

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