The Secret World Inside You


The Secret World Inside You presented by University Health, explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health, offering new perspectives on bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that call our body home. 

Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes living in and on us, including bacteria, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any individual, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. Your body also contains more microbial cells than human cells—a new perspective that is changing and complicating our view of ourselves.

Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, The Secret World Inside You uses larger-than-life models, computer interactives, videos, art installations, and live presentations takes you on a journey into the microbiome that makes you…you.

This exhibition will introduce to special characters to Witte Museum visitors. Puppets Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative bacteria will reveal the difference in bacteria cell structure and illustrate how vaccines and antibiotics can be effective. Visitors will meet a new gallery theater inter-actor Major Microbe! With his knowledge, you will learn more about the immune system and the microbes that defend and attack it enables him to spread the word about the perceptions of health. No other defender knows more about the Microscopic world than Major Microbe.

Saturdays with a Scientist

1:00 p.m. – 3:00  p.m. 

Join our friends from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) inside The Secret World Inside YouLab. Ask real questions and get real answers and learn more about STEM. You could possibly be our next generation microbiology scientists!

The Secret World Inside You is presented by University Health and is generously supported by South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP), GI Alliance Gastroenterologists, Hopscotch Health Children’s Urgent Care, Dr. John Browning, MD, FAAD, FAAP, MBA of Texas Dermatology and Laser Specialists, and through a grant from Communities for Immunity.

For programming, the Witte is also working in partnership with the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology the University of Texas at San Antonio, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.