A report on the most recent developments concerning the microbes in and on your body. There are more of them than you might thing. This is one of a series of short (fewer than 100 pages) TED books. I've found the ones I've read filled with amazing information.
The author is taking part in a crowd-sourced medical study of people's microbiome which is different for every person. For a donation of $99 to the Human Biomes Project and a few swabs from here and there on your body you can discover some of the microbes you are carrying around with you.
Which may surprise you. Scientists have discovered that the microbes on our left hands are different from those on our right and that we share a good many of them with our pets. The critters in our gut may one day play a significant part in curing asthma, allergies, and obesity. The widespread use of antibiotics in animals may be doing harm to our general health as well as contributing to the rapidly growing resistance of disease to the most commonly used treatments.