n South African Gastroenterology Review - The microbial organ : review
|Article Title||The microbial organ : review|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Gastroenterology Review|
|Affiliations||1 Tygerberg Hospital and 2 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||30 - 31|
We carry about a 100 trillion organisms in our gut. They weigh about 2 kg (the same weight as our brains) and they have the metabolic capacity of a human liver. Every other orifice such as our airways are also colonised by them and 5 - 8% of our DNA is endogenous retroviruses that may play a role in diseases such as multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.
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