Friday, August 24, 2007

Ahhh.....MICROBES!!!!

Microbes....yes! Our love-hate relationship with microbes is a long, long story! They can make you sick...extremely ill. Paradoxically, they also protect us from other microbes. They are a source of enjoyment (think drinks, food and recycling).

This blog has been created for you, students of BIO 202. I hope you read it, but mostly I look forwards to read your postings...you will HAVE TO blog...marks will be allowed for this! I look forwards to work with you!

3 comments:

sabrina said...

Hello! I have no idea how to actually leave a proper blog, at lest I didn't see any "add your blog" buttons. Anyways. I just though maybe I could get things started? We have done a strong little chunk in BACTERIA in class until now, which I find quite interesting. Until this september, I had no idea wtf teachers were talking about when they said 'eucaryotic cell'... haha, I just thought they were adding a bunch of extra detail to confuse us. But that was before the intro to the Procaryotic cell. Coolest thing ever. I find the little 'tricks' of evolution and and quick adaptation survival techniqes super cool, therefore, easy to learn about. Take the plamids for example. They are like SUPER DNA additions, in the terms I explained it to my 8 year old sister. They are, to the best of my understanding, extra codes that enable them to produce glycocalyx or immuntity to antibiotics. Its like an expantion pack to your favorite game. Wow. cool. haha. K so im a geek. Also, the Glycocalyx (slime layer that settles in your dogs water bowl) I find interesting as well. I live on a fram with 30 horses. Now I have the justification to get a little angry at the guys that dont bother cleaning the buckets properly or often enough. Trust me. A coupkle of my friends got "the talk" hahah. It was fun to walk around for a week with writting all over my hand; 'pariplasma', 'peptidoglycan', or 'topoisomerase', were just a few of the out-there names I have had a hard time memorizing. sounds like anouther language at times;)

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Darlene said...

Microbes having a 3 times virulence in space is a very frightening fact. Aside from other possible things that could go deadly wrong while being encapsulated that far away from immediate aid. Astronauts now have to be concerned about superbugs.

My questions are: do the microbes remain that many times virulent once returning to regular gravity and could antibiotics become more potent under these same microgravity conditions as a greater means of attack to the biofilm/suberbug.

If antibiotics could be increased in potencey by microgravity and remain at that level when returning to regular gravity then we may have a chance against the antibiotic resistant microbes out there now.

Darlene