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You Might Be Scared to Know How Many Microbes Are Crawling All Over Your Body: VIDEO

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But 'It's Okay to Be Smart' host Joe Hanson reassures us there's nothing to worry about, especially for those of you who like the smell of a ripe pit.

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  1. And why should one be scared? Unless you are one of those ignorant people whose brain has been washed by idiotic antiseptic soap commercials, of course.

    Posted by: borut | Mar 25, 2013 1:04:49 PM


  2. It's all fun and games until you die and then your microbes start to consume you. Don't kid yourself, Jimmy. If a microbe ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about!

    Posted by: Sol Muser | Mar 25, 2013 1:14:58 PM


  3. all over?

    how about inside

    human survival is dependent on our symbiotic gut microbes to help digest our food without which we would cease to exist

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 25, 2013 1:38:47 PM


  4. the real reason for our existence (and all other species) is to provide bacteria with a varied and plentiful diet. forget the religious nonsense or, if you must, acknowledge that bacteria are our true gods.

    Posted by: candide001 | Mar 25, 2013 1:59:01 PM


  5. Then again, you might be happy to have the company.

    Particularly given that essential organelles such as mitochondria began as bacteria before a fortuitous hookup with them taught our cells how to be something other than cabbage.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 25, 2013 3:29:16 PM


  6. There might be 100 Trillion bacteria in our gut (no one's really counted), but by weight, they are not more than a few ounces. And, while symbiotic, they really aren't "us" in any way. Bacteria don't really hang out on the skin surface either. They inhabit pores and hair follicles (places that don't dry out). Our lungs also have a wall of white blood cells to keep bacteria out of our blood.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 25, 2013 4:25:19 PM


  7. Naw...I wouldn't be surprised or shocked. We're covered in all kinds of lil' critters.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 25, 2013 4:46:51 PM


  8. you might be scurred, but then you would be a pants-wetting moron

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2013 8:51:36 PM


  9. you might be scurred, but then you would be a pants-wetting moron

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2013 8:51:42 PM


  10. you might be scurred, but then you would be a pants-wetting moron

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2013 8:52:12 PM


  11. you might be scurred, but then you would be a pants-wetting moron

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2013 8:52:14 PM


  12. you might be scurred, but then you would be a pants-wetting moron

    Posted by: gomez | Mar 25, 2013 8:52:16 PM


  13. Even inside each of our body cells, once free-living organisms with their own DNA have taken not just permanent residence but total control, too. Without mitochondria, we cannot burn carbohydrates. And mitochondrial DNA is passed through the mother, whose bigger egg call can house a boat-load of them. Sperm have mitochondria as well (inherited from his mother, of course), but just enough to burn the sugar that powers the tail. And upon fertilizing the egg, the sperm's mitochondria are dissolved along with the sperm's coat. The tail is left outside the egg. In a very real sense, the default gender is female. It even takes more genetic information to make a female than a male - the Y chromosome is just an X chromosome with is lower right limb snipped off.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Mar 25, 2013 8:58:55 PM


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