Writing Exercise #15

One of the research papers we read discussed the microbial communities across body sites. Specifically the “disruption of the microbiota across multiple body sites in critically ill children.” I think it would be interesting to find more data on how the dysbiosis on the skin. Skin swabs were done to find the bacterial 16S rRNA… Continue reading Writing Exercise #15

Writing Exercise #14

Part 1: List IBD/IBS, Autism, cancers, diabetes, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, obesity Part 2: Reflect and discuss how your responses have changed from week 1 to week 10, and what the most important topics you will take away with you once you have completed the course. It was much easier for me to list out diseases that… Continue reading Writing Exercise #14

Writing Exercise #13

Prompt: Explain the significance that each of these questions has on interpreting scientific literature. Which is most helpful when discussing the controversy, and why? Can experiments detect differences that matter? – Scientific research is so complex so therre could be differences that are not being detected due to lack of knowledge or technology. Other times… Continue reading Writing Exercise #13

Writing Exercise #12

Prompt: Describe how microbial communities in the body could influence the brain and mental health states. Then describe how the brain and mental health states could influence microbial communities in the body. In what ways might these promote health and/or disease? The microorganisms in your gut can break down pieces of the food we eat… Continue reading Writing Exercise #12

Writing Exercise #11

Prompt: How did it feel to read and critique someone else’s writing? What did you learn that you can apply to your own writing as you revise your final essay? I think this exercise has been helpful for me and hopefully for the people who I peer-reviewed as well. One of the essays I did… Continue reading Writing Exercise #11

Writing Exercise #10

Prompt: Explain peer review Peer reviewing is important in helping uphold the high standards of scientific research. There are a few important steps the authors and their work have to go through before being published. The first is deciding which journals to submit their work to. Next, the journal editor decides to either reject the… Continue reading Writing Exercise #10

Writing Exercise #9

Prompt: List and describe as many changes in human behaviors as you can think of that contribute to decreased exposure to microbes. Antibiotics can kill both helpful and harmful microbes and lead to a decreased amount in the body. Self-hygiene practices such as showering and washing hands often can decrease microbes both inside and outside… Continue reading Writing Exercise #9

Writing Exercise #8

Prompt: Brainstorm for the final essay The most recent focus has been on pregnant mothers and how the fetus is influenced by the mother microbiota. I thought it was very interesting that throughout pregnancy the mother’s microbiota changed in composition in the GI, oral cavity, and vagina cavity. The other interesting piece of baby-mother interaction… Continue reading Writing Exercise #8

Writing Exercise #7

Prompt: List and describe potential factors that the mother or the infant could be exposed to that could influence the colonization of the microbial community in the newborn infant (in positive or negative ways). It is said that if a mother is having a healthy pregnancy there will be more bacteria and the composition of… Continue reading Writing Exercise #7

Writing Exercise #6

Prompt: Describe your personal philosophy about how and when you have taken, or would take, antibiotics. What experiences or prior knowledge do you have that shaped that personal philosophy? I have personally taken antibiotics throughout my life and will continue to when needed. Since being in college I have gotten cellulitis 4 times resulting in… Continue reading Writing Exercise #6