A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

6:34 minutes

Our microbiome is filled with trillions of bacteria and an even larger population of viruses. Reporting in Nature Communications, researchers discovered a previously unknown gut bacteriophage, a virus that infects bacteria, that lives in half of the world’s population. Robert Edwards, a co-author on that study, tells us how this virus that could play a role in obesity, diabetes, and other diseases.

Segment Guests

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards is an associate professor of computer science at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.