Your Healthy Body is a Wonderland of Viruses

September 17, 2014 8:36 PM

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The study of 102 subjects aged 18 to 40 was part of the Human Microbiome Project, an initiative through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “to define microbial communities found in and on the bodies of healthy individuals.”

Researchers found that, on average, healthy people carry about five kinds of viruses on their bodies. At least one virus was present in 92 percent of the people sampled, and some participants had 10 to 15 viruses. The results came from samples of the nose, skin, mouth, stool and vagina of 51 males a...

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