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Monday Micro

Posted By Siouxsie Wiles On December 3, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Environment and Ecology,Health and Medicine,Science | No Comments

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Welcome back to Monday Micro. Last week’s Monday was lacking in microbiology factoids as I was at the New Zealand Microbiology Society [2]‘s annual meeting*. This year it was at the University of Otago [3] in Dunedin. Highlights for me were keynotes by Rob Knight [4] (microbiomes and Next Gen Sequencing), Eric Ruben [5] (TB) and Steven Wilhelm [6] (cyanobacterial blooms). Tweets of some of the talks are here [7].

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 [8], Will Helenbrook is studying the effects of infectious diseases on Mantled howler monkeys [9] and Andy MacDonald is working on Lyme disease [10].

* The slides for my talk (Fireflies and superbugs: when science and nature collide) are up on slideshare [11]. I started my talk with my Meet the Lampyridae animation [12]….



** Steven Wilhelm
*** Unknown kilted MC of conference dinner :)


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[2] New Zealand Microbiology Society: http://www.nzms.org.nz/

[3] University of Otago: http://www.otago.ac.nz/

[4] Rob Knight: http://chem.colorado.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=263:rob-knight&catid=41:faculty&Itemid=93

[5] Eric Ruben: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/eric-rubin/

[6] Steven Wilhelm: http://web.bio.utk.edu/micro/faculty/wilhelm.html

[7] here: https://storify.com/SiouxsieW/nz-micro-society-conference-2012-dunedin

[8] butterflies and their sexually transmitted diseases: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11903-did-you-know-butterflies-have-stds

[9] effects of infectious diseases on Mantled howler monkeys: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11900-a-tale-of-monkeys-parasites-and-people

[10] Lyme disease: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/11887-lyme-disease-ecology-and-human-health

[11] slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/Skeptimoo/fireflies-superbugs-when-science-nature-collide

[12] Meet the Lampyridae animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP_RaHo1Pmw&feature=g-upl

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