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June 5, 2008

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“What are some mindblowing scientific concepts (proven or hypothetical)?” asks a poster on Ask MeFi. Culled from among these answers is this gem, a quotation from Donna Haraway’s When Species Meet:

“I love the fact that human genomes can be found in only about 10 percent of all the cells that occupy the mundane space I call my body; the other 90 percent of the cells are filled with the genomes of bacteria, fungi, protists, and such, some of which play in a symphony necessary to my being alive at all, and some of which are hitching a ride and doing the rest of me,of us,no harm. I am vastly outnumbered by my tiny companions; better put, I become an adult human being in company with these tiny messmates. To be one is always to be one with many. Some of these personal microscopic biota are dangerous to the me who is writing this sentence; they are held in check for now by the measures of the coordinated symphony of all the others, human cells and not, that make the conscious me possible. I love that when “I” die, all these benign and dangerous symbionts will take over and use whatever is left of “my” body, if only for a while, since“we” are necessary to one another in real time.”

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Posted June 5, 2008 at 6:09 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Science
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