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Follow Your Gut: How the Bacteria in Your Stomach Steer Your Health, Mood and More

Popular Science

Series: TED Books Volume: 4

By: Rob Knight(Author), Brendan Buhler(Author)

Simon & Schuster

Paperback | Apr 2015 | #235878 | ISBN-13: 9781471138904
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About this book

Allergies, asthma, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused – and someday cured – by the microscopic life inside us. The key is to understand how this groundbreaking science influences your health, mood, and more.

In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic life within our bodies – particularly within our intestines – has an astonishing impact on our lives. Your health, mood, sleep patterns, eating preferences – even your likelihood of getting bitten by mosquitoes – can be traced in part to the tiny creatures that live on and inside of us.

In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain – with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples – why these new findings matter to everyone. They lead a detailed tour of the previously unseen world inside our bodies, calling out the diseases and conditions believed to be most directly impacted by them.


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Biography

Dr Rob Knight is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an assistant professor in the Computational Biosciences Program at the University of Colorado Denver.

Brendan Buhler is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, California Magazine and Sierra Magazine. His story on Rob Knight's work was selected for the 2012 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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