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Curious: How We Talk About The Microbiome


Maybe you do not relish the idea of all those other living things in you and on you, yet there they are.  As as we've come to understand the microbiome--the collection of micro-organisms that inhabit our bodies--a lot of different terms have been used. 

Nicolae Morar at the University of Oregon thought some of the terms were not especially helpful.  So he took his skills in philosophy and got together with UO microbiologist Brendan Bohannon. 

They recently put out a joint paper outlining suggested terminology for the microbiome, and that's the subject of this month's Curious: Research Meets Radio.  Bohannon and Morar both join us.  

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