The Human Microbiome: How Our Friends the Microorganisms Take Care of Our Health and Wellbeing
One of the most exciting discoveries in the last few years is the enormous benefit of the microorganisms that live in and inside the human body, collectively called the "human microbiome,” to our health and wellbeing. Ten microbial cells live on and within us for each cell that makes up our body! New findings showing how the activities of these microorganisms affect our diet, immune system, obesity rates, cancer and heart health, and even mental condition, are published daily, often attracting the attention of major media outlets. This seminar will introduce students to the concepts and technologies of the "human microbiome" and will include a visit to a DNA sequencing facility. Class discussions will focus on current findings that connect human health to our interaction with our microbiome.