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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

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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Science news: WHO Report on Antibiotic Resistance & the Restorative Powers of Young Blood

The World Health Organization has recently released a report on the global incidence of antibiotic resistance in pathogens (summary). Antibiotic resistance is on the rise globally. This is a call to action for reporting from individual nations so that we … Continue reading

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Meet Fabio!

Meet Fabio. This is “Big Jess’s” phage from last year. When we took these electron microscopy images of our phages we had purified and amplified that phages so that we would have a pure sample of each new phage. However, … Continue reading

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