The tale of the tape may be told, in part, by the microbes inside you. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption iStockphoto.com

Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/216081342/216553832" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Could the images common in accounts of near-death experiences be explained by a rush of electrical activity in the brain? Odina/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption Odina/iStockphoto.com

Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/211324316/211439064" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

It's busy down there: a gut bacterium splits into two, becoming two new cells. Centre For Infections/Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

toggle caption Centre For Infections/Science Photo Library/Corbis

Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/203659797/204422666" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Streptococcus bacteria, like this strain, can be found in our guts. Janice Haney Carr/CDC Public Health Image Library hide caption

toggle caption Janice Haney Carr/CDC Public Health Image Library

Gut Bacteria We Pick Up As Kids Stick With Us For Decades

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/198372950/198785433" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"Liver buds" grow in petri dishes. The rudimentary organs are about 5 mm wide, or half the height of a classic Lego block. Courtesy of Takanori Takebe/Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Takanori Takebe/Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine

Scientists Grow A Simple, Human Liver In A Petri Dish

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/198110553/198622408" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hospitals and organ banks could get more leeway in decisions about donations. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/194275901/195116412" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Bad bug: The bacterium Clostridium difficile kills 14,000 people in the United States each year. Janice Carr/CDC/dapd hide caption

toggle caption Janice Carr/CDC/dapd

Sarah Murnaghan, on May 30, as she and her parents marked the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Murnaghan family/AP hide caption

toggle caption Murnaghan family/AP

Girl's Need Breathes Life Into Debate Over Organ Allocation

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/189270798/189270781" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

To fight antibiotic-resistant staph germs like these, a study suggests disinfecting the skin of all intensive care patients. Janice Carr/CDC hide caption

toggle caption Janice Carr/CDC

Fungi (cyan) surround a human hair within the skin. A study in the journal Nature shows the population of fungi on human skin is more diverse that previously thought. Alex Valm, Ph.D. hide caption

toggle caption Alex Valm, Ph.D.

Research Reveals Yeasty Beasts Living On Our Skin

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/185821644/186027941" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Stem Cell Milestone Revives Intense Ethical Debate

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/184399430/184399401" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A scientist removes the nucleus from a human egg using a pipette. This is the first step to making personalized embryonic stem cells. Courtesy of OHSU Photos hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of OHSU Photos

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/183916891/184261872" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sucking may be one of the most beneficial ways to clean a baby's dirty pacifier, a study found iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption iStockphoto.com

Parents' Saliva On Pacifiers Could Ward Off Baby's Allergies

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/180817114/181531292" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gut Bacteria's Belch May Play A Role In Heart Disease

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/178407883/178880009" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
iStockphoto.com

How Much Does It Hurt? Let's Scan Your Brain

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/176734309/176888011" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript