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You are your microbes - Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin


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From the microbes in our stomachs to the ones on our teeth, we are homes to millions of unique and diverse communities which help our bodies function. Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin emphasize the importance of understanding the many organisms that make up each and every organism.

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Should we keep the outdoors out of hospitals? Ecologist and TED Fellow Jessica Green has found that mechanical ventilation does get rid of many types of microbes, but the wrong kinds: the ones left in the hospital are much more likely to be pathogens. See her TED Talk here.
Karen Guillemin, associate professor of biology in UO’s Institute of Molecular Biology, “Molecular dialogues with the microbes inside us.” See it here.
Here's an online magazine featuring an article titled: Movers and shakers: Influence of bacteriophages in shaping the mammalian gut microbiota.
This list contains all truly cellulolytic bacterial species described in the literature (I am aware of) as substantially hydrolyzing crystalline cellulose and/or fermenting crystalline cellulose as sole carbon source. "Substantial" hydrolysis means continuous hydrolysis of at least microcrystalline cellulose like Avicel, or better filter paper, cotton linters, bacterial cellulose or the like - this is more than just e.g. initial activity on Avicel (e.g. release of reducing equivalents).
Your Digestive System and How It Works.
The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is an international organization equally split between industry and academia and its goal is to provide a unique forum for the exchange of research and latest breakthroughs in probiotic technology and new product development.
The Gut Microbiota and Human Health with an Emphasis on the Use of Microencapsulated Bacterial Cells
Linking Long-Term Dietary Patterns with Gut Microbial Enterotypes

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Celine Keller, Paula Spagnoletti
  • Educator Jessica Green, Karen Guillemin
  • Narrator Jessica Green

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