Exploring the Microbiome: 

What are microbes?

Most microbes are single-celled organisms. They are so small that there are more of them on your hand than there are people on the entire planet. Microbes are in the air, on the ground and on the food we eat.  The microbe exhibit, located on the sixth floor of the museum, allows you to learn about the microbes on and in the human body and how they function within the world.

Yogurt and berries

In the Kitchen with Microbes

Many of the foods we eat are full of microbes. Everything from yogurt to fermented teas to miso soup. Some foods that are full of good bacteria are known as probiotics. Probiotics keep the gastrointestinal system healthy. Explore a few of the foods that are full of bacteria that’s good for you.

Microbe chart

Farming the Microbiome

Being health conscious by washing hands often is a good practice, but sometimes we look at bacteria from an extreme perspective. There is no need to rid your environment of bacteria; in fact, bacteria are a part of being healthy. Dr. Stephanopoulos-Chichura, of the KU Department of Integrative Medicine explains that there are such things as good bacteria, and that we can “farm” our own gut bacteria.