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A distinctive individual human genome is supposed to be found in every cell of the individual to whom it pertains. This essay describes a number of postgenomic lines of research that are increasingly complicating this picture. Contemporary science is beginning to understand multicellular organisms such as ourselves as containing a multitude of distinct genomes and a diverse collection of what are standardly treated as organisms. All of these developments show, this essay argues, that the human is a fundamentally polygenomic organism. The expression “the human genome” is certainly of much more limited significance than was once thought. This perspective is...

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