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Published on Jul 11, 2012
Copyright Broad Institute, 2013. All rights reserved. The human body is home to all sorts of microbes -- microscopic organisms like fungi, bacteria, and viruses that live in our guts, mouths, lungs, skin, and more. Scientists are beginning to catalog and explore these organisms, looking for clues about human health. In this 2010 Midsummer Night's Science lecture, Bruce Birren describes these efforts to comprehensively catalog these microbes, decode their genetic information, and examine their roles in disease.
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