I, Superorganism Learning to Love Your Inner Ecosystem

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/22/2015
  • Publisher: Icon Books

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Every human body carries a secret cargo: a huge population of micro-organisms that lives in your mouth and nose, on your skin, in your guts. This is the human microbiome, and it has recently become biologists' most thrilling research interest.

Vastly outnumbering human cells, our invisible passengers are vital to life. They help us digest food, make essential nutrients, and combat disease. They may even have a role in developing behavior. We are not just isolated humans, but superorganisms.

Acclaimed science communicator and editor Jon Turney presents the first book-length account of a new realm of human biology.

Author Biography

Jon Turney is a science writer and former features editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has taught at Imperial College and was head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL. He was popular science editor at Penguin Press and is the author, among much else, of The Rough Guide to the Future (Rough Guides, 2010) and Lovelock and Gaia (Icon, 2003), and editor of A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science (Faber, 2000).

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