9.4 Annotated References
This is a new field, so much of the written literature remains in academia, but hopefully the following summary of items to read will be helpful.
Here are my suggestions for additional reading.
The best overall account to follow is @MicrobiomDigest. Elizabeth Bik knows everybody and regularly tweets and retweets about most things you need to know to stay up-to-date.
My list of people who regularly write interesting comments about the microbiome is here:
These popular science writers often write on microbiome-related topics, and you’ll find just about anything valuable if their name is attached:
Ed Yong: subscribe to his weekly newsletter (“The Ed’s Up”) for regular updates on science, especially the microbial world.
Carl Zimmer: long-time science writer who writes carefully-researched books and articles about biology.
Moises Velasquez-Manoff: Regular New York Times journalist and author of An Epidemic of Absence.
184.108.40.206 Best Overview Articles
There are too many good introductory articles to mention, but here are a few that I especially like:
GERMS ARE US BY MICHAEL SPECTER
Germs Are Us: Bacteria make us sick. Do they also keep us alive?: New Yorker article (2012) by Michael Specter
http://www.microbiomedigest.com/ A daily digest of scientific microbiome papers, by Elisabeth Bik Twitter: @microbiomdigest
Microbiology of the Built Environment Network: Although the site is funded by a grant to study “microbes present in buildings”, much of the content is relevant to the human microbiome, and the scientists who regularly post there are top notch.
Gut Guardians by Grace Liu and Matt Peppin had some good episodes but hasn’t been updated since September 2016.
Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome from Coursera
220.127.116.11 Books I Like
My Favorite Books About the Microbiome: Medium post (updated Jan 2018)