The bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is a benign resident of the human microbiome. But in the last 15 years, a strain of it has evolved to become a major public health problem. To understand how everyday microbes can change so dramatically, laboratories are investigating how bacterial communities exchange genetic information in the environments we share.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.
Columbia University: Paul Planet Laboratory
University of Oregon: Biology and the Built Environment
New Yorker: Germs Are Us
New York Times: Tortoise and Hare, in a Laboratory Flask
TEDx/Univ. of Oregon: The Human Body as an Ecosystem—Brendan Bohannan
TED Talks: Jessica Green—We're Covered in Germs. Let's Design for That ted.com/talks/jessica_green_good_germs_make_healthy_buildings.html
CDC: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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