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Inside You

June 24, 2017 — June 16, 2019

Open during Museum hours. Akeley Gallery, second floor.

Three human-shaped icons in front of a background image of a city, with an overlay of text reading "Inside You".
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Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way!

Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.