Until very recently, health experts thought that humans were better off without the microorganisms that live in our bodies and on our skins, and sought to eliminate these microbes that cohabitate with us. New insights however have shown us that these microorganisms have been with us for centuries, supporting our ancestors, and comprising a majority of the cells in and on our bodies. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk presented in September 2016 at Mann Library, award-winning researcher and Cornell professor of immunotoxicology Rodney Dietert draws from the current understanding of microbes to put a spotlight on the lives that dwell within us and the protective effect they may be able to exert for us against non-communicable diseases. His new book, “The Human Superorganism” (Dutton, 2016), presents a new paradigm in human biology, offering an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health.
Mann Library's Chat in the Stacks program features book talks by faculty from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. Additional special lectures highlight research and perspectives on current issues as well as themes from Mann's exhibit program. Mann presents its Chats program each semester to foster the cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas on the Cornell campus and beyond.