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From Farm to Pharmacy: Wading Through the Muddied Waters of Antibiotic Resistance

20 Feb 2018

One of the mandates of our Office is to foster students’ skills in communicating science. We encourage students to submit articles and we publish the ones that we consider to be well written. These...

Should we be Anti all Anti-Microbial Products?

8 Feb 2018

We received a question about antibacterial soaps, namely why should or shouldn’t we be using them? And if we’re supposed to avoid antibacterial soap, why is Purell, an antimicrobial agent, allowed?

Eels and humans have something in common - they're both ELECTRIC!

1 Feb 2018

You’ve probably heard of electric eels but did you know that there are electric bacteria? Or that humans also use electricity physiologically?

Bacteria On Your Body: Not Just Inactive Hitchhikers

27 Nov 2017

We share our body with bacteria. They live in our mouth, on our skin and mostly in our digestive tract. There are up to a thousand different varieties, and their total number, some 100 trillion, is...

Sweetened Condensed Milk Was Popularized By Soldiers

22 Nov 2017

Gail Borden Jr first condensed milk in 1853 in an attempt to create a milk product that was shelf stable. He opened 2 factories to produce his product, but both ultimately failed, and it wasn’t...

You Think What You Eat?

1 Nov 2017

When we think of the human mind we tend to picture the wrinkly pink organ which resides in our skull: it’s intricate cavities responsible for bringing about all the amazing things that we can think...

Firing a Gun at Seeds

26 Oct 2017

Scary pictures circulating online would have you believe that scientists use a syringe to inject DNA into food. Don’t be silly. They use a gun....

The Flour in Cookie Dough Can Make You Sick

29 Aug 2017

Most of us have been told off by a parent or grandparent for sampling raw cookie dough or cake batter. The adult would usually mutter something about raw eggs making you sick, while whisking away...

Kitchen Sponge Panic

4 Aug 2017

A team of German microbiologists has tackled the issue of bacteria on kitchen sponges by testing 14 sponges for their presence and identifying them by extracting and sequencing segments of their...

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