The Body: A Guide for Occupants
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Started reading October 14, 2019
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the only thing special about the elements that make you is that they make you. That is the miracle of life.
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The most remarkable part of all is your DNA. You have a metre of it packed into every cell, and so many cells that if you formed all the DNA in your body into a single fine strand it would stretch ten billion miles, to beyond Pluto.8 Think of it: there is enough of you to leave the solar system. You are in the most literal sense cosmic.
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Every day, it has been estimated, between one and five of your cells turns cancerous and your immune system captures and kills them.