In case you didn't know, the human body plays host to roughly 40 trillion microbes, consisting of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and archaea. Before you rush out for an industrial-size container of Purell, give Ed Yong's I Contain Multitudes a read. The cornucopia of microbes within us play vital roles within our bodies in ways we're just beginning to understand.
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Head on over to EarlyWord.com to listen to Fresh Air host Terry Gross interview Ed about his book and the fascinating unseen world of the microbiome. Click here for the interview. I Contain Multitudes is on sale now, so visit HC.com to get your copy!