microbiome

SciTech Now Episode 301

In this episode of SciTech Now, Science Friday looks at a desert phenomenon in Death Valley; how technology and new voting apps are impacting our journey to the polls; how studying craters left by meteors and asteroids can help us understand what killed the dinosaurs; and examining the microbiome of the human underarm.

The science of the human underarm

A team of researchers from North Carolina Central University are studying how products like deodorants and antiperspirants change the makeup and diversity of the bacteria in the human underarm.

SciTech Now Episode 37

In this episode of SciTech Now, we take a look at a robotics competition that is jumpstarting a lasting interest in STEM for children of all ages; we sit down with the American Museum of Natural History’s “Coolest Dude Alive,” we meet a researcher examining how people fall in an effort to develop programs that can prevent or minimize serious falls for senior citizens; Microbial Ecologist Jack Gilbert answers the question, “What is the human microbiome?” and we get an up-close look at a new species of frog with a very distinct sound.

Microbial Ecologist answers the question, “What is the human microbiome?”

Microbial Ecologist Jack Gilbert explains that the human microbiome is the bacteria, the fungi, and the viruses that we find inside our body. There’s around a hundred trillion cells of bacteria and viruses inside our body, and they outnumber our own human cells by about two to three times. They weigh around two to three pounds, which is about the same weight as your brain. So if you think your brain is important, your microbiome is probably equally so.

It’s a microbe’s world…we’re just living and dying in it

Our last post explored the significance of what is becoming something of a buzzword in today’s science news: the microbiome.  For those of you who missed it, here is the abridged version.  The human microbiome consists of vast communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses living in and on the body.  Yes, you live to serve […]

The Biodiversity Crisis Happening Inside of You

Many of us are troubled by stories of how the biodiversity crisis is changing the planet, but what about the biodiversity crisis raging on inside our guts?  As habitat loss, pollution, and global warming drive the disappearance of species and in the worst cases, the collapse of entire ecosystems, on an infinitesimally smaller scale, a […]