Jan
18
2007

Who knew microbiology was so cute?

I've been chatting with Chris Condayan from the American Society for Microbiology and discovering a bunch of great website about this science of "wee beasties." I had to share some of the fun:

Cartoon critters

Bacillus cereus: Cartoon by Emma Lurie
Bacillus cereus: Cartoon by Emma Lurie

Adopt a Microbe is a goofy blog from Emma Lurie, a microbiology student in perth. A graphic artist, Lurie, draws great cartoons of common microbes and posts them along with fun and simple descriptions. From Bacillus cereus' description:

I love rice!
Rice is one of my favourite places to live, especially if it's been reheated over and over.
You can get food poisoning from me that will give you diarrhoea and vomiting.
I use a special toxin to make you sick.

An unconventional documentary

Ever wonder about the history of microbiology but didn't want to watch a dry film with boring scientists? LEGOs to the rescue. These whimsical animated LEGO mini-figs tell the wild history of microbiology greats like Louis Pasteur.

So now that you're interested, look further into the microscope with these more in-depth resources:
Microbe World - Discover Unseen Life on Earth
Small Things Considered - The Microbe Blog.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Chris Condayan's picture

Thanks Bryan. Some folks in the office emailed me your post. Glad you like the wee beasties.

posted on Thu, 01/18/2007 - 2:36pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I totally loved the LEGO/YouTube movie about great microbiologists. However, it says that Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabies. Alas, not so. Even today, there is no cure for rabies. Once a person develops symptoms, death is almost certain. (In late 2004, a 15-year-old girl who'd been bitten by a bat recovered--to some extent--from rabies. Hers was the first ever documented recovery from clinical rabies by a person who didn't receive the rabies vaccine before or after the infected bite.)

Pasteur did, however, develop a rabies vaccine that could be administered after a person was bitten by a suspected rabies carrier and prevent the disease from developing. Today, the much-improved protection against rabies is a vaccine that can be given pre-exposure (for people whose work brings them in contact with animals that might carry rabies) or post-exposure (for people unexpectedly bitten by bats, skunks, raccoons, or dogs).

posted on Thu, 01/18/2007 - 5:11pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

A 15-year-old Brazilian boy has also recovered from a rabies infection after a month in the hospital. He's the 3rd person to survive a known rabies infection, and the 5th to survive a suspected one.

He was bitten by a bat.

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 3:44pm

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