Also For 3/8: Our Cells, Our Selves—The Human Microbiome

For class on Wednesday, please watch this TED talk by Rob Knight and worked through the questions below. There may be a quiz.

  • Consider the image of “microbes” found in the gut shown at 1:15. What kind of microscope was used to produce this image? Why does it have color?
  • How are microbes in the human microbiome identified and characterized?
  • According to Rob Knight, how many “human” cells make up a typical person’s body? How many “other” cells are there?
  • What happens to a number of children who are given antibiotics within 6 months of birth?
  • What connection (even if only speculative) can you draw between this talk and probiotic products you may have seen or heard about in recent years?
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