Predators, Parasites And Partners Of The Human Body

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More than Genes: Predators, Parasites and Partners of the Human Body

A great deal of recent research has suggested that many modern health problems relate to recent changes in our gut microbes. As we have started to look at skin and the environment of our homes, it looks as though the changes in what we are exposed to and covered in externally may be equally as great.

We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies; however, a host of species still cling to us and always will. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Join biologist and author Robert Dunn as we explore the influence these wild species have on our well-being and the world.

Dr. Rob Dunn is a biologist with the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. His lab studies the species around us in our everyday lives, species we tend to think of as well known. Most of those species are not well known and so there are many things to discover in your backyard, in your bedroom, or even on your roommate. Book signings of "The Wild Life of Our Bodies" and "Every Living Thing" following lecture.

This program is presented in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This program is sponsored by Ann and Gordon Getty, Camilla and George Smith, and the Brown Foundation, Inc.

Tickets are $18. Student tickets are available for $8 at the door with student ID.
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By: The Leakey Foundation

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