Our Environment Shapes our Microbiome


Americans spend an estimated 92% of their time indoors, yet we know little about the diversity of microbes that exist in the built environment. This collection of microbes is influenced by where we live, whom we live with, and what we do, but it also can have an effect on us and our health. In this SciCafe, geneticist Jack Gilbert presents the most exciting and recent discoveries from this invisible world.

In 2015 the American Museum of Natural History created a wonderful exhibit on the “Secret World Inside You.” The video is below, or check out the podcast here.

Source: American Museum of Natural History, The Secret World Inside You Exhibit