Monday, September 16, 2019

BacterioFiles 395 - Many Microbiome Mindsets

This episode: Five different ways of thinking about our relationship with our microbes!

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Show notes:
Microbe of the episode: Tuhoko rubulavirus 3

News item

Takeaways
The microbiome by itself is an amazingly complicated community of many different species, with different lifestyles and metabolisms, all living together in competition and cooperation. On top of that, interactions between the microbiome and our body and our lifestyle multiply the complexity even more.

This article explores five different views of the microbiome and how it fits into our body (or how the body fits in with the microbiome). From the organ view to the ecosystem view, each is a different way of looking at the different functions, dynamic patterns, and integration of the microbiome in its host, and each provides guidance for how to approach treatment of disease and maintenance of health.

Journal Paper:
Morar N, Bohannan BJM. 2019. The Conceptual Ecology of the Human Microbiome. The Quarterly Review of Biology 94:149–175.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Special episode, hurricanes, and more

Hey all, I've been working on a somewhat special episode that is taking me longer than usual, so I don't have anything for this week. It may be up next week, but it is unlikely due to Hurricane Dorian and/or family events. Look forward to it!