The Alphabet of Epidemiology will send you running for the hand sanitizer

  • metta

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    Jan 21, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    The Alphabet of Epidemiology will send you running for the hand sanitizer



    http://io9.com/5977458/the-alphabet-of-epidemiology-will-send-you-running-for-the-hand-sanitizer
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    Jan 21, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
    This was cute, but I didn't run for hand sanitizer :p

    Bacteria are everywhere. YAY! Oh, and spores, too! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    Being an epidemiologist I really enjoyed this. "J is for...well J is for Epidemiology and Dr. John Snow" icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:11 AM GMT
    I was NOT ready for that rap on the end. icon_eek.gif
  • He_Man

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    Jan 21, 2013 10:32 AM GMT

    Pop culture + Science = Nerdgasm! icon_lol.gif
  • heyom

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    Jan 21, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    umtb12 saidBeing an epidemiologist I really enjoyed this. "J is for...well J is for Epidemiology and Dr. John Snow" icon_smile.gif


    truly the John Snow one was very creative!
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    Feb 09, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    I love bacteria and other micro-organisms. Without them humans wouldn't be able to survive.
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 09, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    Dan_xD saidI love bacteria and other micro-organisms. Without them humans wouldn't be able to survive.


    w00t Saccharomyces cerevisiae rules the world.
  • Lincsbear

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    Feb 09, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    Very entertaining, but I`m not running for the hand sanitizer just yet!

    The vast majority of micro organisms don`t affect humans one way or the other. For those small numbers that do cause illness(pathogens) there`s at least an equal number that are positively good for us(salugens) Indeed, we`d be rather poorly without them!

    These little fellows have been around three billion years plus and keep the biosphere going. The big, showy animals are incidental. Without the unregarded micro organisms, the earth would be dead.

    I think when we do discover life on other worlds it will be largely these little kinds.
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    jim_stl said
    Dan_xD saidI love bacteria and other micro-organisms. Without them humans wouldn't be able to survive.


    w00t Saccharomyces cerevisiae rules the world.


    After my mom found out what yeast was, she never wanted to bake with it again! I tried to tell her, but she doesn't understand!

    Oh and FYI, Saccharomyces cerevisiae isn't part of domain bacteria, but part of domain Eukarya. Specifically, it's a fungus.
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    As a microbiologist, this video is fundamentally irritating. While I will control my rant for the most part; I do have to leave two important statements. One, more antimicrobial hand gels, antimicrobial dish soap, antimicrobial storage containers, etc, is not the answer. We lived for millions of years with all sorts of nasty pathogens. Our excessive disinfectant procedures may well be one factor in the skyrocketing rate of autoimmune disease in 1st world countries. There is a time and place for these tools, for instance in hospitals and nursing homes where hospital and community associated illnesses can spread like wild fire and kill rapidly. But for every day use, they are overrated and abused Second, the vast majority of microbes are beneficial or not harmful. Not to be that stick in the mud, but public misunderstanding of science is one of our greatest weaknesses.
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    Dan_xD said
    jim_stl said
    Dan_xD said

    Oh and FYI, Saccharomyces cerevisiae isn't part of domain Bacillus, but part of domain Eukarya. Specifically, it's a fungus.


    FYI: there is no such domain as Bacillus, not sure where that came from. Bacillus is a genus. The domains are bacteria, archaea, and eukarya.
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    YngHungSFSD said
    Dan_xD said
    jim_stl said
    Dan_xD said

    Oh and FYI, Saccharomyces cerevisiae isn't part of domain Bacillus, but part of domain Eukarya. Specifically, it's a fungus.


    FYI: there is no such domain as Bacillus, not sure where that came from. Bacillus is a genus. The domains are bacteria, archaea, and eukarya.


    Wow I derped that up didn't I. I'm sure you knew what I meant, don't blame me I'm tired!
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    Feb 09, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    YngHungSFSD saidAs a microbiologist, this video is fundamentally irritating. While I will control my rant for the most part; I do have to leave two important statements. One, more antimicrobial hand gels, antimicrobial dish soap, antimicrobial storage containers, etc, is not the answer. We lived for millions of years with all sorts of nasty pathogens. Our excessive disinfectant procedures may well be one factor in the skyrocketing rate of autoimmune disease in 1st world countries. There is a time and place for these tools, for instance in hospitals and nursing homes where hospital and community associated illnesses can spread like wild fire and kill rapidly. But for every day use, they are overrated and abused Second, the vast majority of microbes are beneficial or not harmful. Not to be that stick in the mud, but public misunderstanding of science is one of our greatest weaknesses.


    Well said.
  • nubScotty

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    Feb 09, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    This video let me down, I was expecting to see C.Diff, MRSA, VRE and etc icon_sad.gif