Greetings to you on this July 4th holiday weekend!
Our next gathering is scheduled for Saturday, July 29th 8-9:30am at the Boston Bean House (102 Main Street, Maynard, Masachusetts). For those in the metro-Boston area who wish to join in person, feel free to drop by or send me an email if you’d like to learn more.
Our July topic is “The Collective Human” … the amazing interplay of human cells and the microbes within us whose cells appear to outnumber our own (arguably by up to ten-fold!).
Here’s a starter list for the discussion:
- Book: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Ed Yong + here’s a review.
- Book: The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life – Rodney Dietert.
- Book: 10% Human: How your body’s microbes hold the key to Health and Happiness – Alanna Collen
- Article: Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells than Human Ones – Scientific American – November 30, 2007
- Article: Despite What You’ve Read, Our Bodies Don’t Contain 10 Times More Bacteria Cells Than Human Cells – The famous 10:1 ratio has been debunked
- Article: A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life – The Atlantic
- Report: National Institutes of Health: NIH Human Microbiome Project defines normal bacterial makeup of the body (Genome sequencing creates first reference data for microbes living with healthy adults)
- Podcasts: NPR Special Series – The Human Microbiome: Guts and Glory (Trillions of bacteria, virus, fungi and other microbes hiding out in the human body shape health)
Enjoy the day …