Diversity of our microbial flora

National Public Radio had a neat piece on Morning Edition today, called “From Birth, Our Microbes Become as Personal as a Fingerprint.” The radio story is essentially a tour of the parts of the body where microorganisms can be found in the absence of any disease. SPOILERS: it’s pretty much everywhere on the body, and instead of being completely innocuous, they are actually pretty important for normal body function and we would be unhappy if they disappeared.  The piece is brief, and written for the non-microbiologist, however, everyone in BIO230 would benefit from spending 8 minutes of their day with this. Listen to this:

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My name is David Singleton, and I am an Associate Professor of Microbiology at York College of Pennsylvania. My main course is BIO230, a course taken by allied-health students at YCP. Views on this site are my own.

Posted on September 9, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Diversity of our microbial flora.

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