More Than Butterflies: Science Pub Explores the Gut

intestines_colorYou might have heard recent buzz on the subject of gut health. Inside and out, the human body is covered in a diverse collection of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, all of which are located in the gut or gastrointestinal tract. Recent studies show these microbiomes play an incredibly important role in human health, which is why it’s the topic slated for the April 11 OSU Science Pub in Corvallis.

Thomas J. Sharpton from the Oregon State Departments of Microbiology and Statistics will present clarifications over what the microbiome is, how it is studied, and why it is so important. During a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Gladstone Institute, Sharpton developed new ways to analyze data about the microbiome. The presentation will also explore how our understanding of the microbiome will help bring about important social and medical transformations.

So far gut health has shown correlations with cancers and cardiovascular disease. Generally, changes in the microbiome or poor health and maintenance in the gut may greatly affect our emotional and physical well-beings, behaviors, and ability to resist disease.

The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd Street in Corvallis at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 11.

By Kyra Blank