How often do you touch your face? In this installment of 'Healthy Habits', we ask whether or not reducing how often you touch your face can actually help prevent your next cold.Read More
It is often said that a loaf of bread only needs four ingredients. One of those ingredients is actually a living organism with a fascinating history and a close relationship with humans. What is it and why is it necessary to make good bread? Find out in today's post!Read More
An international team led by researchers at Berkeley published the first detailed photos of ultra-small bacteria that push the boundaries of membrane-bound life and change our view of the microbial world. How did the researchers accomplish such a feat and just how small is ultra-small? Read on to learn more!Read More
Bacterial cells outnumber your own humans cells ten to one. Thanks to advances in sequencing technology reducing costs, you can finally get to know these silent co-inhabitants. In the first installment of the let's experiment series, Kenny lays out his experiment to get to know his microbiota and examine how his inhabitants respond to a drastic change in diet and probiotic use.Read More
What is life like in a microbial pig-pile? In a word, crowded. In fact, life in nature is typically crowded and this fact is something scientists and biologists wrestle with all the time even in medical science. For example, if microbes that cause disease or live in and on our bodies predominantly live in crowded communities called biofilms, are these microbes primarily adapting to us or each other? Perhaps we can learn something new with a unique perspective.Read More
Would you eat human feces for a hundred dollars? How about if it could treat your chronic diarrhea?
Much to our dismay, our dogs sometimes eat poop but is this always a bad thing? Here, I discuss the possibility that this practice could be an innovative treatment similar to a fecal transplant used to treat chronic diarrhea in humans rather than just a gross habit.
Crazy or possible? You be the judge.
Would you share your ice cream cone with your favorite furry friend? Do you know where that mouth has been? Many pet-owners believe that their dog's mouth is cleaner than their own. Using my knowledge of microbiology and human microbiome research, I break down the reasons why people believe this myth and determine if we should be sharing our ice creams with our pet's.Read More
Some like their tea with sugar and some take a splash of cream. If Earl Grey is just not your "bag", maybe you're one of the others who prefer steeping their beverages with a wild collection of bacteria and fungus.
Curiosity outweighing your gag reflex? Don't let me tea'se you...Read More
FOX’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson premiered this past Sunday. During the show, pioneering microbes were credited with the invention of sex. Here, I cover some of the theory behind this statement and explain why the evolution of sex is pretty remarkable.Read More
The adaptive immune response in humans depends on a complex network of organs, tissues, cells, and different genes that work together to protect us from current and future infections. Could microbes with only a single cell develop an adaptive immune response system? They have with the help of CRISPRs.Read More