December 09, 2019
Our bodies are colonized by so many bacteria, fungi, protozoa — known as the microbiome, that all the organic life that like to call you home possess as much as 200 times more genes than you do.
You’ll find microbes and bacteria on any part of your body that you can think of, and nowhere more so than in your gastrointestinal tract. We live in perfect harmony with most of them when your body is functioning the way it was designed to work. And when your microbiome gets knocked off kilter, you can get sick.
Understanding the complex interplay between the microbiome and your gastrointestinal tract is underway. One of the key elements in establishing a baseline in the on-going research has been the mapping of the human microbiome.
Dr Claire Fraser, a leader in genomics who played a lead role in mapping the human genome, who used genomics to identify the source of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, has been instrumental in the National Institutes of Health mapping of the microbiome project and the speaker at Genome BC’s 2019 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address.
Dr. Claire Fraser sat down with Stu McNish for a Conversation That Matters about you, the organisms you are host to and your relationship with them.
Dr Claire Fraser – You Are Not Alone from Conversations That Matter on Vimeo.