You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

March 13, 2015 12:45 PM

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You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

(CNN)Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree -- our bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into our DNA from microbes living in our bodies, says British researcher Alastair Crisp.

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