7 Sep 2016

Microbes Are Our Friends

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:09 pm on 7 September 2016

Insides each of us, there are trillions of microbes.

A cluster of Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 10,000 times

A cluster of Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 10,000 times Photo: Wikipedia

These  bacteria, fungi and viruses are  on our hands, and face and in our gut.

In fact human cells make up only half our bodies  and microbes make up the other half. Instead of being harmful,  they help keep us healthy. 

Science writer Ed Yong explains the vital role of these immigrant microbes and the unique ecosystem in our bodies in his new book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

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