Describing a new bacterial species: mixing biology and history

After way more work than I imagined when we embarked on this project, we are almost ready to submit our first description of a new bacterial species, Kirrobacter mercurialis.   Not exactly earth-shattering, given that about 40 bacterial species descriptions come out every month in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM).  However, our …

Ever been grossed out by hospital workers wearing scrubs wherever they go? New study relates to this

When I walk around UC Davis campus or visit areas near hospitals I am always dismayed by the number of people wearing their scrubs when they go out to lunch, seminars, or just walk around.  I have always wondered whether those scrubs harbor anything nasty.  Well, a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control …

Big shocker – tests show bacteria present on seats (trains, cars, etc); kind of fun, but a bit over the top

Good Morning America is taking on bacteria.  Bacteria that are found indoors.  The report: GMA Germ Test Shows Public Seats Full of Bacteria – ABC News has  some interesting bits and the video is nice in many ways.  The bottom line – they found bacteria (by culturing) in all sorts of indoor locations.  And they did …