Granting Immunity


“Diversity or die” could be your new health mantra. Don’t boost your immune system, cultivate it! Like a garden, your body’s defenses benefit from species diversity.  Find out why multiple strains of microbes, engaged in a delicate ballet with your T-cells, join internal fungi in combatting disease. Plus, global ecosystems also depend on the diversity of its tiniest members; so what happens when the world’s insects bug out?



Part 1: Matt Ricthel / Elegant Defense
Part 2: Rob Dunn / Microbiome Diversity
Part 3: David Underhill / The Mycobiome
Part 4: Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson / Insect Diversity

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Originally aired August 12, 2019