To the Best of Our Knowledge

What Your Poo Says About You

Sunday, March 15, 2015

At the University of Colorado, microbiologist Rob Knight is exploring a new frontier -- the human microbiome.   His work could revolutionize medicine.  But first we all need to get a lot more comfortable talking about poop.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment from the Soviet Union that uses viruses to kill bacteria.

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Poop the Magic Gut Cure

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The stunning results of a new study have put fecal transplants in the limelight for the past few days. Lulu Miller explains the procedure, and puts out a call to rename it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Human Microbiome Project

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dr. Lita Proctor, program director for the Human Microbiome Project, and Dr. Martin Blaser, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Professor of Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine, talk about the 100 trillion good bacteria that live in the human body and the five-year federal project to sequence the genetic material of the bacteria taken from 250 healthy individuals. They’ll explain what they found, how healthy bacteria works in the body, and why it’s important for good health.

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The Takeaway

Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For two decades, scientists and doctors have relied on blood types to categorize patients. Depending on whether one is blood type A, B, AB, or O, doctors could alter their treatment to increase their chances of a successful procedure. But there's a new way for people to be categorized medically — gut bacteria. New research shows that there are three distinct ecosystems in people's guts that could have direct effects of people's heath. We talk with Carl Zimmer, science reporter for our partner The New York Times, who reported on this story in yesterday's paper.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Burkhard Bilger on the underground food movement

Monday, November 15, 2010

Burkhard Bilger on the underground food movement.