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The Edge of Wonder: The Human Microbiome

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Catalogue Number:  395234
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Health and Medicine, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  27:00


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This program takes viewers on a journey through the vast universe of microscopic life that comprises more than 99 percent of the DNA and between 50 to 90 percent of the cells in our bodies. With the epidemic rise of non-communicable diseases, from allergies to Alzheimers to cancer, that plague the developed world, we learn that only by understanding ourselves as ecosystems, rather than singular organisms, can we understand and defeat the diseases that destroy millions of lives each year. We learn about the connection between vaginal delivery and the development of the newborn’s immune system; packs of viruses that hunt for invasive bacterial in our mucosal membranes, and can be harnessed to combat antibiotic; and the connection between our gut bacteria and our mental health.


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