Run your tongue over your teeth. If it's been a while since you last brushed, you may feel a filmy or fuzzy coating on your teeth. What's there is similar to the slimy coating you might feel if you stuck your finger down into a sink drain or that you might see coating the sides and bottom of ... Read More
When was the last time you washed your hands? Did you use soap? What have you done since you washed? Have you eaten, put your fingers in your mouth or touched someone else?
Observations in public restrooms have revealed that only about 68 percent of Americans wash up before leaving. Y... Read More
Maybe you’ve heard the term "biodegradable." It basically means something capable of being broken apart into simpler substances by natural biological processes.
But what are these biological processes that break some things down? Why do some things biodegrade more readily than other... Read More
As you know, we keep food in refrigerators so it will last longer. But still, sometimes you open a bag of bread or a jar of spaghetti sauce and what do you find? Mold!!
Ever wonder exactly what mold is? And how did it get there? And why sometimes it’s green and other times black or wh... Read More
Think about the different places various kinds of plants and animal live. As you know, many, like penguins and cacti, can only live in certain places.
Now think about times you’ve dug a hole in the ground. Did you notice differences in the color of the soil layers? Did you wonder what... Read More
Incorporate MicrobeWorld’s video podcast series Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth into high school or two-year college curriculum.
Links to le... Read More
Here's your chance to be an amateur microbiologist.
You don't have to have a scientific degree and wear a white lab coat to do these activities. All you have to do is be willing to muck around with dirt, paint, pondwater and other sometimes gooky stuff.
Most of the activities ... Read More
Walter Gilbert and Fred Sanger independently develop ... Read More
Sydney Brenner, Francois Jacob and Matthe... Read More
Francois Jacob, David Perrin, Carmen Sa... Read More