The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome

The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome
NPR. Nov 5, 2013

The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you’re more microbe than human.
There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells.
But these tiny compatriots are invisible to the naked eye.
So we asked artist Ben Arthur to give us a guided tour of the rich universe of the human microbiome.

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Colleen Kelly, a doctor at Brown University and the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Kelly knew right away what was going on.

Kelly’s program specializes in the microbes that live in our digestive systems — trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other mostly helpful microbes whose genes scientists collectively call the human microbiome.

The problem, she told Iverson, started when antibiotics prescribed for another health problem disrupted the community of benign organisms in her intestines, leaving her vulnerable to a really bad bug — a bacterium called Clostridium difficile.

… For Iverson, she proposed something that may sound pretty radical — what doctors call a fecal transplant.