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You Are Your Microbes

Every gut microbe has a job to do. Find out who these millions of different microbes are and what their jobs are within the ecosystem that is you, from the wonderful TEDEd: You Are Your Microbes by Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin. Full lesson here. A note from Dr. Joe Hanson:

Sure, you feel human, but that’s only mostly right. In and on your body, you’re outnumbered by ten times when it comes to microbes. And many of them have essential duties that we just couldn’t do by ourselves. Here’s a trip through your microbial inner universe … what we call the “microbiome”.

Related listening: This Radiolab episode about Guts.

In the archives: more about our health, including Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body and Sugar: Hiding in plain sight.