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More than Genes: Predators, Parasites and Partners of the Human Body

Speaker(s): Rob Dunn

Houston, TX

November 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


A great deal of recent research has suggested that many modern health problems relate to recent changes in our gut microbes. As we have started to look at skin and the environment of our homes, it looks as though the changes in what we are exposed to and covered in externally may be equally as great.

We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies; however, a host of species still cling to us and always will. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Join biologist and author Rob Dunn as we explore the influence these wild species have on our well-being and the world.

Book signing to follow lecture.

This lecture is generously sponsored by The Brown Foundation, Inc.


November 9, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Leakey Foundation


The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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(713) 639-4629
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Rob Dunn

Dr. Rob Dunn is a biologist with the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. Dr. Dunn’s lab studies the species around us in our everyday lives, species we tend to think of us as well known. Most of those species are not well known and so there are many things to discover in your backyard, in your bedroom, or even on your roommate. His writing has appeared in Natural History, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and other magazines. His first book, Every Living Thing, was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History writing. His latest book The Wild Life of Our Bodies examines the long human relationship with other species (be they tapeworms or tigers) and how changes in those relationships are affecting our health and well being.

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