“How our microbes make us who we are”, Rob Knight’s TED talk about the microbiome

“How our microbes make us who we are”, Rob Knight’s TED talk about the microbiome


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“How our microbes make us who we are”, Rob Knight’s TED talk about the microbiome

During a TED conference in February 2014, Rob Knight, a Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, presented a TED talk about how the human microbiome develops and how microbial variation impacts an individual’s health and susceptibility to disease. This leading expert on microbiomes and bioinformatics argues that microbes, more than DNA, may explain why we’re so different from one another.

Widely renowned for his early and innovative investigations of the symbiotic relationships between microbial life and humans, Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says.

In February 2015,  nearly a year later,  the TED talk has been broadcasted again. Click here to discover the TED conference.