We may very well be more microbe than human. Inside and on the surface of our bodies, we share space and nutrients with bacteria and viruses as well as other microbes. To be sure, our bodies are not overly hospitable to bacteria; our eyes have an enzyme called lysozyme which breaks open bacteria, killing them, while … Continue reading Our Body is a Community (of bacteria)
I have the privilege of teaching microbiology to a group of 22 future medical professionals (mostly nurses) this summer. As the instructor for their one microbiology course, I have the ability to tweak what they learn in addition to the defined course basics. I also have the ability profoundly influence their view of the microbial … Continue reading What Should a Future Medical Professional Understand About Microbiology?