Losick poses the question “Are we more microbial than human?” There are 10 times more bacterial cells on and in us, the human microbiome, than human cells and 100 times more types of bacterial genes than human genes. These bacteria certainly influence our health, and Losick wonders if they also might influence our behavior.
Richard Losick is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology, and a Harvard College Professor. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1969. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow in 1969, and he joined… Continue Reading