What We Are Reading (fall 2017)

This summer and fall our busy working group has shifted to a reading group focused on books that directly or peripherally shape our (inter)disciplinary approaches to studying human and microbial relations: Matters of Care, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa Bioinsecurities, Ahuja Biocapital, Kaushik Sunder Rajan Meeting the Universe Halfway, Karen Barad Evolution in Four Dimensions,…

Towards a Geography of Microbes

By Nick Anderman, December 2016 UC Berkeley, Department of Geography Over the past 15 years the study of tiny things has undergone a sea change. The development of new, high-throughput gene-sequencing methods has allowed microbiologists and scientists working in related fields to observe, analyze, and manipulate microbes at previously unimaginable volumes and resolutions. The result…

Looking at the same interactions in the gut but with a different set of glasses

By Tamar Schneider University of California Davis, Philosophy Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a general term for a group of intestinal disorders. According to the National Institute of Health, there is no known cause for the syndrome. In IBS, inflammatory reaction occurs when the innate immune cells respond to a normal intestinal environment with commensal…