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Asked • 04/28/19

How much weight/volume do microbes occupy within the human body?

Microorganisms constitute the bulk of all the biomass on Earth. I weighed myself yesterday, and wondered how much less I would weigh if I were completely free of bacteria and microbes, inside and out. **Approximately how much weight and volume do microbes occupy within the average human body? How were these values obtained?**

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Michael S. answered • 06/10/19

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