The Human as a Walking Zoo

Following up on last week’s post (Nice Lice Give Advice!), the New York Times informs us that the Epic of Human Migration Is Carved in Parasites’ DNA:

A human body is not the individual organism its proud owner may suppose but rather a walking zoo of microbes and parasites, each exploiting a special ecological niche in its comfortable, temperature-controlled conveyance. Some of these fellow travelers live so intimately with their hosts, biologists are finding, that they accompany them not just in space but also in time, passing from generation to generation for thousands of years.

The latest organism to be identified as a longtime member of the human biota club is Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay…

         

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  1. This goes in my ‘things I don’t want to know’ file. Ick!

  2. File this into my “this explains a lot” file:

    “DNA analysis has also shed light on the origin of the tapeworm, one of the 400 or so nonmicrobial parasites that regard the human body as home. The lifecycle of the tapeworm Taenia asiatica alternates between people and pigs, an animal that the religious authorities of both Judaism and Islam agree is unclean. It would be of interest to know just when these filthy animals infected people with their parasites. But the answer is not quite what had been expected.

    Eric P. Hoberg, of the U.S.D.A.’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md., concluded in 2001 that people contracted tapeworms millions of years ago in Africa, long before the emergence of agriculture and domestic animals. It was humans who infected pigs with tapeworms, not the other way around, Dr. Hoberg and colleagues reported. Indeed, people infected pigs not only with Taenia asiatica but also with a second species of tapeworm, Taenia solium, which humans seem to have acquired either by eating each other or by eating dogs.

    If pigs had a religion, it is pretty easy to guess which species they would designate as unclean.”

  3. Where would we get insight in how to manage our personal internal Zoo?
    What should we eat and avoid to optimize our internal “balance”.
    Yogurt? Acid foods? Alkaline Foods? Avoid sugars?
    Which medical specialty is most informed about this?

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