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About drhhnz

Microbiology, Evolution and Bacteriophages. Lecturer, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Massey University. Superhero name: Microbiology Girl. Auckland, New Zealand · microbialevolution.massey.ac.nz Twitter: drhhnz

Phage Hunt NZ Guest Post: A First Hand Experience with Phage Therapy, Post 2

A Bacteriophage protocol in this area appears to need a lot more work; ideally an in-vitro test of an environment sample with the newly produced bacteriophage before application, if such a thing were possible, and a phage cocktail of a much wider spectrum for any one bacterial species. Continue reading

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Phage Hunt NZ Guest Post: A First Hand Experience with Phage Therapy, Post 1

“I now had a far more virulent unidentified infection and was antibiotic-dependant again, a return to a past I had hoped I had left for good.” Continue reading

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Antibiotics in Agriculture: We Can’t Afford It.

Poultry and Pigs combined are 2% of the animal weight we put in our denominator but these two groups consume 34% or 22,000 kgs of antibiotics sold for agriculture each year. Continue reading

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Bacteria, mostly harmless…

I was doing a little research about the 5 second rule recently (more on that soon) and I came across a number that surprised me. According to this site, only 5% of bacteria are pathogenic. This number struck me as surprising … Continue reading

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Soil Sampling: A bacteriophage : a tube of dirt as a human being : ______ _____________.

Originally posted on Phage Hunt NZ:
A student question I received this week by e-mail: In regards to our soil samples, would it be best to collect them in the morning or can we do it today? I’ve mapped out…

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Your microbiome and artificial sweeteners

 ‘Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota’ My colleagues and family pointed out a paper about the apparent effects of non-caloric artificial sweeteners in decreasing glucose tolerance that was published recently in Nature. I am not a … Continue reading

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Science News June 5th 2014: Bee Brains and Bacteria Brewing Biofuels

On June 5th I will be on First@Five with James Coleman talking about these news stories: Bee Brains Build Cognitive Maps Imagine you were knocked out on the block to your house. When you woke up, say, on the other … Continue reading

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Science News: GMO’s in New Zealand, Robot ethics and the flight of the Kiwi

I was on First@Five this morning with James Coleman talking about this science news:   The ancestors of the Kiwi were not immigrants from Australia. The Kiwi, once thought to have been related most closely through common ancestry to the … Continue reading

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Science News: May 20th 2014, The Longitude Prize and the Odón Device

I will be on James Coleman on May 21st talking about The Longitude prize and the Odón device. The Longitude prize is a 10 Million pound purse that has been established cooperatively between the UK’s Technology Strategy Board and NESTA … Continue reading

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Science News: May 14th 2014 Resveratrol & Self healing plastics…

Wednesday morning the 14th I am speaking to James Coleman on First@Five, RadioLive.  For those who might want more information about these science stories there are links and details included here. The first story we discussed had to do with the … Continue reading

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