Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields

by Rachel Baker on April 3, 2014

This is a really good interview by Wired with Microbiologist Martin Blaser about his new book and the overuse of antibiotics.

We’re in the midst of an extinction crisis, and it doesn’t involve Siberian tigers. Microbiologist Martin Blaser of New York University School of Medicine says that many species of germs are disappearing from our bodies—and that’s a problem.

In his new book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, Blaser argues that while antibiotics have saved countless lives, they’re an assault on our microbiome. His experiments have linked the resulting extinctions to disorders from asthma to obesity. wired spoke to Blaser about the need to look at our bodies.

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