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What Are You Made Of? The Reveal Event

Thursday, July 14


Discover the first findings from a groundbreaking new project that is helping scientists understand how microbes make and keep us healthy! We tend to think of bacteria and viruses as harmful agents of disease, but, as visitors to the Museum’s exhibition The Secret World Inside You learn, most of the microscopic organisms that live on and in us are in fact keeping us healthy. But the profile of the healthy human microbiome has largely been a mystery—until now! Over the past two months, visitors to the Museum’s Sackler Education Lab have been invited to get swabbed and donate their microbes to science, contributing to an active research project. The preliminary findings from this study will be revealed in this event, in a discussion with the principal investigators on the project, Dr. Paul Planet of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, along with Museum Curator Rob DeSalle. The event will be moderated by Mary Harris, host of WNYC's "Only Human," a podcast about health, medicine, and our bodies. 

The Secret World Inside You will remain open from 5:30 - 6 30 pm

Generous support for The Secret World Inside You and its educational resources have been provided by the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation and the Milstein Family.

The Secret World Inside You is proudly supported by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

The Secret World Inside You is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The media partner for What Are You Made Of? is WNYC’s “Only Human.”