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Ed Yong explaining the relationship between fungus and plants.

I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes

"I Contain Multitudes" explores the fascinating powers of the microbiome — the world of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live on and within larger forms of life, including ourselves.

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I Contain Multitudes

Solving Crimes with the Necrobiome

We can’t talk to the dead, but in their own way, the dead can speak to us.
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I Contain Multitudes

Microbes from Mom — Vaginal Birth vs C-Section

Do you remember your first birthday present? No? Good, because it’s gross.
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I Contain Multitudes

Can a Fungus Save Plants from Global Warming?

Let's put plants in the spotlight and focus on their best microbial partner: Fungi.
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I Contain Multitudes

Fecal Microbiota Transplants: The Ins and Outs of FMT

To scientists like Mark Smith, poop is more than just waste – it’s medicine.
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I Contain Multitudes

A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment

A world without microbes seems at first like a utopia, but let’s take a deeper look.
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I Contain Multitudes

Nature's Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

An unlikely alliance with bacteria gives this squid an amazing superpower: Invisibility.
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I Contain Multitudes

A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

You don’t want to be a honeybee when the beewolf is on the prowl.
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I Contain Multitudes

Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

Science is inching closer to an unlikely solution to Dengue fever. Bacteria.
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I Contain Multitudes

How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

At the bottom of the ocean, a bacterial discovery reshaped our view of life on earth.
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I Contain Multitudes

Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days

Antibiotics have a key role in medicine, but using them is not a decision made lightly.
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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

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Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

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