The Human microbiome and what we do to it

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Did you know that you and I are only 1% human — we’ve 90 trillion cells which don’t belong to us. Yes we are more bacteria than human.Have you ever wondered what it means to be human? It turns out that only a tiny percentage of what you and I are made of is actually human — and we need our non-human bits to survive. This part of us now has a name — it’s called our microbiome. But we’re doing dreadful things to this hidden majority and it’s damaging our health as a result. From the Tonic series produced with the assistance of NPS.

To access to the interview with Professor David Relman, Micobiology & Immunology at Standford University on the Human microbiome and what we do to it (Image from the interview)

A New Genetic Map That Could Make Your Skin Crawl

DR. Eric Green

Very little has been known about the trillions of bacteria and other micro-organisms in our bodies. But now, scientists with the Human Microbiome Project have completed the first microbial map of healthy humans. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

To access to the interview: A New Genetic Map That Could Make Your Skin Crawl (Image from the interview)

No Longer Germ Warfare

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Please see an interview with Dr. Segre on ” No Longer Germ Warfare “. (Image from her interview)

In defense of skin: antimicrobial peptides have their day


Dr. Richard L Gallo is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. His research is focused on the role of the human innate immune system in skin, with a particular interest in antimicrobial peptides and the basic functions of the skin microbiome. To date, Professor Gallo has been involved in several important observations demonstrating the physiologic relevance of innate immunity in mice and the role of these pathways in several human diseases, work that has been published in a number of pretigious journals. He has received numerous awards for his research including the Montagna, Sulzberger, CERIES, Mertz, Nobel and Rene’s Touraine lectureships, and he has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. His research is supported by grants from the NIH, the Veterans Administration and private foundations.

For a complete interview, please visit “In defense of skin: antimicrobial peptides have their day

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