State of Things
1:14 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

The Wildlife of our Bodies

Book cover, ''The Wildlife of Our Bodies''

The world we live in is a complex, evolving ecosystem. North Carolina State University ecologist and evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn wanted to explore how mankind’s interaction with other living species has come to define who we are and why we act the way we do. He found that the human body itself plays host to a myriad of living creatures, some good and some bad, and that our relationships with these life forms are as mysterious as they are vital to our existence.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Dunn about his new book, ''The Wild Life of our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners that Shape Who We Are Today'' (HarperCollins/2011).

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