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Posted By Siouxsie Wiles On December 3, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Environment and Ecology,Health and Medicine,Science | No Comments
Welcome back to Monday Micro. Last week’s Monday was lacking in microbiology factoids as I was at the New Zealand Microbiology Society ‘s annual meeting*. This year it was at the University of Otago  in Dunedin. Highlights for me were keynotes by Rob Knight  (microbiomes and Next Gen Sequencing), Eric Ruben  (TB) and Steven Wilhelm  (cyanobacterial blooms). Tweets of some of the talks are here .
Highlights for me:
Finding that lots of people flush public toilets with their feet, that cyanobacteria are a bad food source “like ordering pizza and only eating the box”** and that “we are all accidents of history”***.
Moving on, Round 3 of the SciFund Challenge is in full swing so if you fancy supporting some microbiology projects Amy Truitt wants so study butterflies and their sexually transmitted diseases , Will Helenbrook is studying the effects of infectious diseases on Mantled howler monkeys  and Andy MacDonald is working on Lyme disease .
** Steven Wilhelm
*** Unknown kilted MC of conference dinner :)
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 New Zealand Microbiology Society: http://www.nzms.org.nz/
 University of Otago: http://www.otago.ac.nz/
 Rob Knight: http://chem.colorado.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=263:rob-knight&catid=41:faculty&Itemid=93
 Eric Ruben: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/eric-rubin/
 Steven Wilhelm: http://web.bio.utk.edu/micro/faculty/wilhelm.html
 here: https://storify.com/SiouxsieW/nz-micro-society-conference-2012-dunedin
 butterflies and their sexually transmitted diseases: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11903-did-you-know-butterflies-have-stds
 effects of infectious diseases on Mantled howler monkeys: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11900-a-tale-of-monkeys-parasites-and-people
 Lyme disease: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11887-lyme-disease-ecology-and-human-health
 slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/Skeptimoo/fireflies-superbugs-when-science-nature-collide
 Meet the Lampyridae animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP_RaHo1Pmw&feature=g-upl
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