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In Conversation: The Value Of Studying O…ur microbiome

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The microbiome is fast becoming an exciting new frontier in human health. That’s because it’s made up of a staggering amount of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes that make you, well, you. In fact, you’re only 10% human, the rest is this microbial system that lives on your skin, in your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, guts….you get the picture. And it varies from person to person based on diet, health history, ancestry, geographic location and climate. Even those you live with, including your pets, can influence your microbiome.

Now, researchers are turning their attention to how the microbiome affects our health. At the University of California, San Diego, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla announced a new interdisciplinary initiative to advance the study of microbiomes found in the gut and everywhere else on earth.

In this short podcast, we chat with one of the leaders of this new intiative, Dr. Rob Knight (pictured inset), who is a pioneer in the microbiome field.

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