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Rob Dunn

When: Wed., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2011

N.C. State professor Rob Dunn is an unabashed "popular science" writer, and his most recent book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, takes on an intriguing, but contrarian, premise. Where most writing about human health focuses on becoming more disease-free, purer and more resistant to the inexorable process of decay and death, Dunn looks at the price of such self-modification. His first example is an eye-catching one: He suggests that such a (new) ailment as Crohn's disease is a consequence of ridding our bodies of worms. Doctors treating the ailment have found success by "rewilding" the bodies of the sufferers (i.e. reintroducing worms into their natural human hosts). Elsewhere, Dunn promises to answer such questions as why children tend to be born at night and why some cultures tend to be more xenophobic than others. He reads Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Dunn also visits Broad Street Cafe in Durham on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as part of the cafe's monthly "Periodic Tables" science series; see www.thebroadstreetcafe.com. —David Fellerath

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