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BBC Radio 4 programme on human microbes

By June 2, 2023No Comments

In this programme, which may be of interest members, Geoff Watts visits the Human Microbiome Project, sequencing the genomes of bacteria which live on our body to discover how they affect our health.

The Human Microbiome Project aims to catalogue 3,000 microbes on our body and sequence their genes. The theory is that we have co-evolved with our microbes in order to defend our bodies against pathogens. Geneticists are aiming to find out what constitutes a healthy microbial community, and what happens when the group is invaded by ‘bad’ bacteria.

New research has suggested that pathogenic microbes could be implicated in a whole host of diseases, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and autism.

You can listen to the programme through this link.