Dive into your inner lake: My keynote lecture on the microbiome (slides and audio)

By Carl Zimmer | March 20, 2011 11:46 pm

Earlier this month I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the Joint Summit on Translational Science in San Francisco. The meeting brings together scientists who seek to master the rising tide of biological data, in order to find new medical treatments. I urged them to think like ecologists, and treat the human body like an ecosystem of thousands of species.

I recorded my talk on my trusty iPhone, and I’ve posted the audio below. (You can download it.) It’s also here.

Carl Zimmer Keynote Lecture on the Human Microbiome by Carl Zimmer

And below are the lecture slides (also on Slideshare). (Thanks to everyone who responded to my query about the best way to present my talks. I hope later this week to turn the talk into a written post.) [UPDATE: Here's my essay, "The Human Lake."]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Microcosm: The Book, Talks

Comments (1)

  1. “I urged them to think like ecologists, and treat the human body like an ecosystem of thousands of species”
    It would be amazing, but sounds difficult. Different mindsets. As an ecologist I cannot but distrust people more concerned about Type II errors rather than Type I :P

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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