Good morning! Welcome to your semimonthly dose of wholesome microbial goodness.
Lots on your plate this morning.
To whet your appetite, check out a study described over at Biology News examining the genomics of bacteria that cause ehrlichiosis. While you’re there, you might want to do some jaw exercises by repeating the names of the bacteria examined: Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Neorickettsia sennetsu. Talk about a mouthful.
Speaking of mouthful, PharmaBawd’s all about the herpes viruses, including chicken pox (varicella) and HHV-8: the cause of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Grab a salad, ’cause you’re going to want something to cleanse your palate after reading her post.
Mike the not-only-mad-but-also-famous biologist offers you an extra refreshing beverage, though you may want to hold the ice. And make sure you wash your hands–Mike edumacates you on the origin of antimicrobial resistance, and why more education is a good thing.
Microbial diversity is the main course today. Lunchlady Sandra fills you in on a project at Johns Hopkins, getting students involved in examining the microbial diversity all around them, while her co-worker Ruth discusses marriage–specifically, that of microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology to harness some of this diversity in order to benefit not only humans but the environment.
For dessert, Joseph cooks up a bioterrorism attack scenario. Not like Grandma used to make, I’d dare say.
Ewen’s responsible for the non-edible portion today, filling us in on how West Nile relates to Poison. No, not that poison. This Poison.————->
If that’s not exactly your cup of tea, check out his interview with astrobiologist Norman Pace, who studies extremophiles on earth in order to get an idea of what life on other planets may be like.
Someone must have forgotten to do the dishes, ’cause I see something scummy growing. Paul fills us in on the culprit–likely a bacterial biofilm. He also shares an idea that may help to eradicate it.
Of course, after a big meal, nothing sounds better than a nap. Speaking of which, gee, I wonder–do microbes “nap?” Whaddya know–Coturnix discusses circadian clocks–and it appears that at least some microbes do indeed possess one.
That’s it for this week. Be sure to stop back by in 2 weeks, where Animalcules will make its last stop here for awhile before it goes on the road–and again, let me know if you’re interested in hosting. Check out the schedule for available dates–I’ll fill ‘em as I get volunteers.