Category Archives: Microbiomes in the Human Body

OUR MICROBIOMES: An Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History + The Micropia Museum

 

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These ‘friends with benefits’ I’m referring to are the several  pounds of friendly bacteria and other micro-organisms that live in and on us and make us who we are. We couldn’t function without them.
If you’re at all curious about what’s going on inside and on your body – especially all the recent talk about microbiomes, this exhibit in New York City and a museum in Amsterdam are for you.

 

THE SECRET WORLD INSIDE YOU – AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

 

(www.amnh.org)
(www.amnh.org)
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City currently has an interesting show called The Secret World Inside You (11/7/2015 – 8/14/2016). It’s well done and I recommend visiting the museum to see it if you possibly can. It’s suitable for everyone – young children to adults.
The show, much of it interactive, explores the rapidly evolving knowledge about how our human bodies interact with the approximately 100 trillion bacteria living in and on us—our various microbiomes. New scientific discoveries are offering perspectives on how our microbes interact with our bodies (and each other) to regulate a wide range of health matters – including acne, allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, brain evolution and development, cancer, cardiovascular health, diabetes, digestion, gut health, ‘leaky gut’, mood, obesity, oral health, ‘psychobiotics’ … and much more.

 

 

Here’s information on the show and how to reserve tickets, on the AMNH’s website.

 

 

MICROPIA MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM

 

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If you happen to be in Amsterdam and want to learn more about microbes, you’re in for a treat: the innovative Micropia Museum. If you can’t get there, you can still watch some of their interesting videos.
The Micropia is dedicated to the imperceptible world of microorganisms.

 

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(Source: www.biofabricate.com)
Meet Your Companions
“We are all constantly surrounded by – even covered in – microorganisms such as bacteria. But while many people harbour negative associations with the word ‘bacteria’, most of them are actually good for us, helping us, for example, to protect our body against outside influences. Microbes are the world’s smallest, yet most powerful organisms. At the innovative new Micropia museum, you can get acquainted with these invisible organisms. If you look at this world really closely, a new one opens up.” (Micropia, 2016)
The Micropia Museum is part of Natura Artis Magistra, a zoo in central Amsterdam, and is recommended for ages 8 and upwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Micropia’s website for more information.
Many thanks to Paul Toledano for bringing the Micropia Museum to my attention.

 

 

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(Source: fr.pinterest.com)

 

 

 

REFERENCES

American Museum of Natural History. (11/7/2015 – 8/14/2016). The Secret World Inside You (11/7/2015 – 8/14/2016). See: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/the-secret-world-inside-you

Micropia Museum. (2016). See: http://www.micropia.nl/en/ and http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/museums-and-galleries/museums/micropia

 

 

 

© Copyright 2016. Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Rob Knight’s TED Talk: How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are

 

 

 

Robert Knight at TED2014 - The Next Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Session 5 - Us, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: James Duncan Davidson
Robert Knight at TED2014 – The Next Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Session 5 – Us, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

 

Microbial Ecologist Rob Knight’s is passionate about exploring the microbial world that exists everywhere in and on our bodies. His 2014 TED Talk, How our microbes make us who we are, explains the basics. This talk led to his writing the charming and useful little book Follow Your Gut (Knight, 2015) that I wrote about a few weeks ago.
From the TED Speakers website:

Why you should listen

Using scatological research methods that might repel the squeamish, microbial researcher Rob Knight uncovers the secret ecosystem (or “microbiome”) of microbes that inhabit our bodies — and the bodies of every creature on earth. In the process, he’s discovered a complex internal ecology that affects everything from weight loss to our susceptibility to disease. As he said to Nature in 2012, “What motivates me, from a pragmatic standpoint, is how understanding the microbial world might help us improve human and environmental health.”

Knight’s recent projects include the American Gut, an attempt to map the unique microbiome of the United States using open-access data mining tools and citizen-scientists to discover how lifestyle and diet affect our internal flora and fauna, and our overall health.

What others say

“Faeces, lizards, keyboards, faces — Rob Knight likes to sequence the microbes on anything and everything. Next, he plans to sequence Earth.” — Nature, July 11, 2012

 

You can watch his TED Talk here.

YOUR CHANGING MICROBIOME

(Source: learn.genetics.utah.edu)
(Source: learn.genetics.utah.edu)

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Hardin, J.R. (2015). Short, Easy Read about Your Gut Microbiome. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2015/04/10/short-easy-read-about-your-gut-microbiome/

Knight, R. (2014). TED Talk: How our microbes make us who we are. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-icXZ2tMRM

Knight, R. with Buhler, B. (2015). Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes. A TED Original Book. See: http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Your-Gut-Enormous-Microbes/dp/1476784744

TED Speakers. (undated). Rob Knight’s TED Talk, How our microbes make us who we are. See: https://www.ted.com/speakers/rob_knight

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.