April 28, 2014 | Science
Your body is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells that form your microbiome, the complex ecosystem of microorganisms on which your life depends. Today, our microbiomes are threatened by a loss of species diversity that could be our undoing. In a new book, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that our obsession with hygiene and overuse of antibiotics has bleached our microbiomes, making them weak and making us more susceptible to dangerous new diseases. He joins us Monday to explore the dangers of our missing microbes.
Dr. Martin J. Blaser is the director of the Human Microbiome Project at New York University. His book is called Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues [Amazon|Indiebound].