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Collaboration between ENVS Faculty Nicolae Morar and Brendan Bohannan, urging changes in the language of the microbiome featured in Around the O

Excerpt from Around the O article:

Philosopher Nicolae Morar was perplexed by various metaphors tossed about by scientists studying the human microbiome. Microbiologist Brendan Bohannan was sure that thinking of the human body as an ecosystem correctly framed the research being done at the University of Oregon and elsewhere.

Three years later, after what Bohannan calls the most intensive collaboration he’s ever had, the two members of the UO’s Environmental Studies Program see eye to eye and, perhaps, equally changed in their assessment of a field that has exploded since the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project in 2007.

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