THE WORLD IS IN YOU – YOU ARE THE WHOLE WORLD
Your body is connected to countless microscopic organisms that live in and on you.
A myriad of lives that, to a far greater extent than previously imagined, affect our lives and behaviour. The latest research connects our bodies to the entire microbial world that covers the planet. This new knowledge raises numerous fundamental questions: what does it mean if we are to ask ‘who are we’? How do we best live with the whole microbial world in and around us? And what does it mean if our health and disease arise in a complex interplay between many different species?
In this talk, associate professor of bioinformatics Mani Arumugam and curator Adam Bencard meet for a conversation about the body and its microscopic inhabitants.
Mani Arumugam is an Associate Professor of bioinformatics at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR).
Adam Bencard is an Associate Professor of medical humanities and a curator at the Medical Museion and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR).
The World is in You – conversations about the connected body.
This conversation is part of a series that delves into four research areas – chronobiology, epigenetics, microbiome research and astrobiology – to examine the questions they raise about our connection to the planet, to our environment and each other. Like the questions, the conversations are also interdisciplinary and cross research, history, philosophy and art.
The conversation series is part of the project ‘The World is in You’.