Did you know that your body is home to trillions and trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes? In fact, these non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, "colonize" us right from birth, and are so interwoven into our existence that without each other, none of us would survive!
Find out what these microbes are up to and how they affect us in Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome, a new 2,000 sq. ft. highly interactive traveling exhibit produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and funded by a SEPA grant from the National Institutes of Health.
You’ll learn about our constant microbial companions, where they live, how diverse they are, and how scientists are discovering just how important they are to our personal health. This bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibit has three thematic areas: Meet the Microbes, Our Complex Ecosystems, and Exploring our Microbiome.
As you engage with the hands-on activities in Zoo in You, you’ll discover that this fascinating and complex world inside us that is our microbiome is dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced—much like any other ecosystem found in nature.
Special thanks to our science advisors at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), including: