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Skepchick Quickies 3.4

Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Re: the letters to ear candlers…nice! I had a guy from Wally’s Natural Products commenting on my ear candling blog post…those ear candling fans make weird claims. I especially love the last paragraph in the letter. I’ll be checking their website to make sure they follow through!

  2. Am I the only one that read that as “Human gut microbes hold ‘second gnome'”?

    My mind went crazy for about 3 seconds with the awesomeness of having microbial gnomes in my stomach… then I saw the ‘e’. And while a second genome is pretty bad ass, 2 gnomes living in my belly is way cooler!

  3. “We also have 10 times more bacterial cells in our body than human cells.”

    The geometry of this boggles my mind. Are they just a lot smaller than human cells by volume?

  4. @Nicole: The geometry of this boggles my mind. Are they just a lot smaller than human cells by volume?

    As @catgirl said, yup. Another fun fact: there are more bacteria cells on your skin than skin cells in your skin. Just shaking hands with someone sets up a cross-cultural bacteria orgy on an epic scale.

  5. @Nicole: An e. coli bacterium is about 3 micrometers long and a skin cell is about 30 micrometers in diameter. The mitochondria in cells are not-so-coincidentally about the same size as bacteria. (mitochondria, chloroplasts and bacteria probably share a common ancestor)

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