The Human Microbiome
The Germs That Keep You Healthy
Trillions and trillions of microbial cells live on and inside your body. A small number of these microbes are unhealthy germs. But most belong on your body and perform essential jobs. Microbes help digest your food, protect you from dangerous germs, and help your body fight disease.
Using techniques such as DNA sequencing, scientists are uncovering the many secrets of the human microbiome. Scientists are learning how the foods we eat and the medicines we take, such as microbe-killing antibiotics, can affect the bugs in our bodies. They are learning more and more about this system that keeps us healthy and how we can protect it in return.
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Subject||Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Reading Counts! Level||11.5|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
“This book is a valuable resource for readers looking for easily understood information on this complex topic.”—VOYA
School Library Journal
“Unexpectedly informative and up-to-the-minute in research, this is a nifty look through a clear window at our unsuspected personal passengers. Consider this in-depth resource for reports and students who are not easily made squeamish.”—School Library Journal
“This thoroughly researched introduction to human microbes . . . leaves no stone unturned. . . . [T]his comprehensive volume makes for a valuable classroom resource.”—Booklist
“Although the topic is complex, this overview is presented clearly and without oversimplification. . . . This important topic is worthy of attention, and . . . this will serve middle and high school readers well.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch
Rebecca E. Hirsch, PhD, is the author of numerous books about science, nature, and geography for children. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at rebeccahirsch.com.