Health

PODCAST: Neediness, episode 1

With Carl Zimmer and Zhiheng Pei

February 29, 2016
If a person’s microbiome is compromised, Clostridium difficile could take over … with nasty results. [Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public domain]

Your microbiome functions without you even knowing it’s there. Science writer Carl Zimmer and pathologist Zhiheng Pei help explain how we rely on bacteria and viruses to keep us healthy, and what can go wrong when that relationship breaks down.

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About the Author

Peter Hess recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his B.A. in environmental studies. Originally a student of British and American literature, his sense of social responsibility pulled him in a different direction. Peter aspires to harness the power of the written word to explore important issues of human and environmental health, such as fracking and biosolids. In his free time, he likes to propagate houseplants and make curries.

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