What We Are Reading (spring 2017)

In winter and spring we have been focused on writing, and planning a spring workshop, but we meet weekly to discuss a range of topics, including:

  • Baas Becking hypothesis
  • commercializing the microbiome
  • bioprospecting / biopiracy
  • stool banks
  • fecal microbiota transplants
  • biohackers

Readings include:

  • Stefan Helmreich, Alien Ocean: Voyages in Microbial Seas (2009)
  • Cori Hayden, When Nature Goes Public (2000)
  • Hannah Landecker, “Food as Exposure: Nutritional Epigenetics and the New Metabolism” BioSocieties (2011)
  • Hannah Landecker, “Antibiotic Resistance and the Biology of History” Body & Society (2016)
  • Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and the Grander View of Life (2016)
  • Maureen A. O’Malley, “‘Everything is everywhere but the environment selects’: ubiquitous distribution and ecological determinism in microbial biogeography” Stud. Hist. Phil. Biol. & Biomed. Sci. 39 (2008)
  • Jennifer B. Hughes Martiny, et al. “Microbial biogeography: putting microorganisms on the map” Nature [Reviews, Microbiology] (Feb 2006)





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