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Voyage the Voynich Manuscript

Voyage the Voynich Manuscript

Following the announcement of a possible translation of a word or two in the VM (14 characters I beleive it was), and seeing the AMA on reddit with Dr. Stephen Bax, I thought I'd post up this page offering full resolution images of all pages of the VM (above).

For good measure here is the video Dr. Bax posted to youtube to explain his 'revelation' ;)

I was also intrigued by the suggestion of another redditor who had apparently researched the life of Niccolo Di Conti, a successful venetian merchant who lived during the time of the VM's writing. He is said to have studied Arab language, traveled through the regions that seem to be documented in the VM, and upon his return, recounted his story to a scribe of the Vatican. Interesting tidbit seems to be that he may have met Zheng He, the famous Chinese explorer of the same time period! Could Di Conti or a family member have been the author of the VM?

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Bacterial Balance Medicine...and the Human Microbiome Project

I was just thinking the other day about how we like to think of ourselves as humans, but we are infact mere living structures for colonies of microbes ;). Apartment complexes with central heating, and food delivery.

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OK, there is some basic human structure dependent on DNA passed along from our ancestors, but there is also (by weight) an astonishing percentage of cell sized travelers on our skin, in our bellies, etc...I've read it can be 10% of body weight, and that in terms of cell numbers, there are actually 10x more bacteria than human cells. That means 90% of the cells you are walking around with all the time are not coding proteins from your DNA, but rather microbial proteins.

It is not easy to count all these organisms I imagine, so who knows how much is enough/too little/too much. At the same time, if for one reason or another one of the bacterial groups gains an upperhand, then we end up with systemic problems...

This seems to happen following a course of antib…