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I Contain Multitudes

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Ed Yong

Despite the presence of microbes everywhere, there is a reason for that - they play a crucial role in our health! Every species has its own microbial community and a way to maintain it for generations to come. Both our bodies and the bodies of animals around us can be seen as thriving ecosystems when we consider microbes. Also, this approach expands our understanding of environmental and medical problems in new ways.

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Taking a peek at the microbes' microscopic world, I Contain Multitudes (2016) provides a fascinating glimpse into how they influence our lives. By forming vital and remarkable partnerships, ancient microbes have contributed to the survival of all the living creatures on this planet.

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Despite the presence of microbes everywhere, there is a reason for that - they play a crucial role in our health! Every species has its own microbial community and a way to maintain it for generations to come. Both our bodies and the bodies of animals around us can be seen as thriving ecosystems when we consider microbes. Also, this approach expands our understanding of environmental and medical problems in new ways.

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Microbes play an important role in the functioning of our planet.

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Besides our own genes, we have many microbial genes that affect our development and life.

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Managing alliances with microbes requires careful balance.

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Health and immunity are dependent on a diverse microbiome.

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Using microbiomes to our advantage could revolutionize healthcare.

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