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A look at how building design may affect our health

From office buildings to shopping malls to our homes, we spend a significant about of time in structures with controlled environments. Noting how much time we spend therein, ecologist and engineer Jessica Green, PhD, discusses, in this TED Talk, the important role microbes play in our lives and in our environments.

Previously: Study shows intestinal microbes may fall into three distinct categories, Stanford researchers examine microbial communities of the mouth, New York Times explores our amazing microbes and Your own unique microbial cachet?

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A medical student’s reading list

Former and current Stanford medical students recommends several nonfiction books — as well as authors —that present science through a humanistic lens.