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Health is not just the sum of our genes

The human genome contains around 23,000 genes while the total genomes of bacteria, fungus and viruses in the human gut encode some 3.3 million genes. What happens in our health is not just a result of our paltry number of … Continue reading

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Antibiotic trivia

According to the US Center for Disease Control, some 18 million courses of unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed in the US annually – just for the common cold. 50 million are prescribed for viral respiratory infections. Here’s a huge hint – … Continue reading

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Why your cut finger heals too slow

How quickly a cut heals depends on several factors. The bacteria “mantel” on the outer layer of our skin is the first-line of defense against pathogens. When our skin is compromised, even small wounds heal slowly and staph infections occur … Continue reading

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Senseless sore throat trivia

Less than 10% of sore throats are caused by bacteria yet 60% of sore throats have antibiotics thrown willy-nilly at them.

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What the bleep is a bacteriophage?

Bacteriophages to the rescue in your food! In 2006, the FDA approved the use of bacteriophages against listeria microbes on lunch meat, wieners and sausages (listeria kills dozens and dozens of people a year). But for you non-biologist majors, the … Continue reading

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