13th Annual IGSS Conference • September 30-October 1, 2022

Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences 2022

We contain multitudes: microbes, genes, and the future of biosocial science

Jennifer Beam Dowd

Professor of Demography and Population Health, Department of Sociology
Deputy Director, Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science
University of Oxford

The microbiome has been called our "second genome." It is estimated that there are as many microbial cells as human cells in our bodies, and 100 microbial genes for every one human gene. Perhaps even more than the genome, the plasticity of this "second genome" leaves large scope for social and environmental influences across the life course. This talk will provide an overview of current knowledge of the social determinants of the microbiome and invite discussion of how social and population scientists can take lessons from work in sociogenomics to contribute to this emerging field.

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