How do you think about yourself in biological terms?
Are you an animal of the mammalian kind? A primate capable of reasoning, worthy of the name Homo sapiens, aka human?
You might agree with me that you are all of these, but none of these terms recognises that part of us that is neither human, mammal or animal: our microbes.
If you want to include that invisible but essential part of you, think yourself as a holobiont. Never heard this word before? Me neither until I started researching to build this website. Here is a definition…
A host organism plus its associated microorganisms
Pretty simple. But also pretty general. By this definition every organism is a holobiont. In fact, the term has been historically used by scientists studying corals.
Anyway, it applies to us too and in this website I will show you why and how important it is that we embrace the holobiont concept to change how we view ourselves.