IDEM aims at shedding new light on the problem of what a biological individual is and how it is continuously constructed through interactions with its environment. More precisely, IDEM is structured around four goal-oriented sub-projects.

Internal and External

Assessing from a conceptual and historical point of view the construction of biological identity through time.

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Understanding the exact mechanisms by which developmental processes in organisms depend on microbial symbionts.
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Individuality and the Holobiont

Determining how traditional conceptions of biological individuality may be modified by current research on the microbiota.

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Immune system

Asking whether the role of the immune system in the maintenance of the organism needs to be reevaluated.

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