I suspect that I, like the majority of Graduate students, occasionally struggle with how exactly to describe what I study and research everyday to my family and friends. It’s exactly for that reason that I love when things like this come along.
Ed Yong, award-winning British science writer, and author of the fun science blog Not Exactly Rocket Science, recently did a sketch on BBC describing the human microbiome. This short skit not only gives an excellent general overview of the topic, but also starts from the very beginning of life within his mother’s womb, and follows his long relationship with his microflora… something that is sure to catch mom’s attention.
The segment can be heard via BBC Radio 4’s website here.