We are discovering more and more about the microbial side of ourselves: it turns out that our bacteria and other symbionts outnumber us dramatically even within our own bodies. They also have important effects on our health, including digesting the food we eat and activating or inactivating the drugs we take, and have been linked to diseases ranging from obesity to colon cancer, and, in mouse models, even autism and multiple sclerosis.
But where do our microbes come from, how do they change over our lifetimes, and how do they differ in people from different cultures?
Dr. Knight's fascinating presentation is part of the On the Same Page community reading program. Please join with your friends and neighbors in reading this year’s
On the Same Page title, Pandora’s Lunchbox, by Boulder author Melanie Warner.