FAQ Series

FAQ: Human Microbiome, January 2014

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The human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body, is not random, and scientists believe that it plays a role in many basic life processes.  As science continues to explore and better understand the identities and activities of the microbial species comprising the human microbiome, microbiologists hope to draw connections between microbiome composition, host genetics, and human health.  This report from the American Academy of Microbiology addresses this growing area of research.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Teaching Materials:

Human Microbiome Infographic
Human Microbiome Trifold

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FAQ: West Nile Virus, July 2013

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Where does the virus come from? How is it spread? Can we predict when and where outbreaks will occur? What factors determine how sick a person will become if they are infected with West Nile virus?

To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a new report entitled FAQ: West Nile Virus. The Academy convened twenty-two of the world’s leading experts on West Nile virus in March, 2013 to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about West Nile virus. The resultant report provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions that people may have about the virus.

 

 

Teaching Materials

Microbes After Hours, YouTube video "West Nile Virus"

Informational West Nile Virus Posters

 
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FAQ: Influenza, April 2013

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Where do new influenza viruses come from? How are they different from the influenza viruses that circulate every year? Why is vaccination so important? To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a new report entitled FAQ: Influenza. The Academy convened twelve of the world’s leading experts on influenza in October, 2012 to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about influenza. The resultant report provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions that people may have about the virus.

 

 

 

Teaching Materials

Microbes After Hours, YouTube video "Return of Influenza" 
Influenza Informational Posters  
8 Bad Excuses for Not Getting the Flu Shot
8 Bad Excuses for Not Getting the Flu Shot-Spanish Translation

 

FAQ: If the Yeast Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer, February 2013

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What do microbes have to do with beer? Everything! Because the master ingredient in beer is yeast – a microbe – and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. A new freely-available report; FAQ: If the yeast ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy: The Microbiology of Beer explores the synergy between microbiology and brewing beer. The American Academy of Microbiology brought together some of the world’s leading experts on yeast, brewing and food science to explain how making great beer depends on creating the perfect conditions for yeast to work its magic. Keeping the yeast happy, it turns out, is what will make or break your beer batch. This report is based on the deliberations of 18 participants who convened for a day to discuss the relationship between microbiology and beer brewing.

 

  

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FAQ: Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do, March 2012

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Because vaccines have been so successful at controlling diseases like smallpox and polio in the United States, we often take our relatively epidemic-free world for granted. But less than a lifetime ago, these diseases and others were still real threats to health. Despite vaccines’ successes, many people do not know how vaccines work, or that they are not just important for children, but adults too. On December 6th, 2011, the American Academy of Microbiology convened a panel of experts to help explain how vaccines protect us from disease and what vaccination options are available to adults. The report also provides insights into the history of vaccines, why they are so safe, and why adults need to stay up to date on vaccines - to protect their health, and the health of their loved ones.

 

 

 

Teaching Materials

Adult Vaccination brochure to use at your office or classroom
Adult Vaccination brochure-Spanish Translation

 

FAQ: E. Coli: Good, Bad, and Deadly, November 2011

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News headlines often paint E. coli as a vicious bacterium, capable of causing disease and death to those unfortunate enough to ingest it. But that is only a tiny minority of E. coli, and a very small part of the story of this remarkable bacterium; its relationship to human health and the food we eat is much more complex. Not all E. coli are bad - in fact most are not - and some are even beneficial. On September 1st 2011, the American Academy of Microbiology convened an expert panel of microbiologists, food safety experts, and bacteriologists to develop a more accurate picture of this often maligned bacterium. This report, the product of that meeting, tells the larger story of E. coli: its role in human health, in food, and even in our understanding of our own biology.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Materials

ASM Curriculum Guidelines Description

The Secret Lives of E.coli Teaching Poster

The Secret Lives of E.coli Teaching Poster-Spanish Translation

 

FAQ: Microbes and Oil Spills, February 2011

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Is it true that microbes cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Can bacteria really “eat” oil, and if so, how? To help clear up the confusion the American Academy of Microbiology has brought together the nation’s leading experts to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding microbes and oil spills. This mini-colloquium, the first in a new series of reports designed to provide a rapid response to emerging issues, took place at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC on October 28, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Materials

ASM Curriculum Guidelines Description