Writing Exercise #13

Prompt: In W. P. Hanage’s article, he discusses the importance of five key questions when interpreting scientific literature: Can experiments detect differences that matter? Hanage discussed how it is often hard to distinguish functional differences in the world of microorganisms when we don’t already know what to look for or have characterized the network well… Continue reading Writing Exercise #13

Writing Exercise #12

Prompt: Describe how microbial communities in the body could influence brain and mental health states. Then describe how brain and mental health states could influence microbial communities in the body. In what ways might these promote health and/or disease? Many people might be surprised to know that the gut is considered to be the “second… Continue reading Writing Exercise #12

Writing Exercise #11

Prompt: Reflect on the peer-review process with you as the reviewer. 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? It felt good to be giving back good feedback and allowing people too see what… Continue reading Writing Exercise #11

Writing Exercise #10

Prompt: Describe the process of peer review to someone who does not frequently read scientific articles. In your response, consider the pros and cons of peer review and how that might impact the credibility of the results that come from that scientific article. The importance of the peer review process in scientific research is to… 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. Your body is chock full of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses. Altogether,  they help regulate the body by playing an important role in digestion, as well as producing chemicals that shape your… Continue reading Writing Exercise #9

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). Gut microbiome very similar to that of their mother’s  Infants born vaginally have a gut microbiome very similar to that of… Continue reading Writing Exercise #7

Writing Exercise #8

Prompt: This writing exercise is designed to help you begin to think about a topic you are interested in pursuing for your final essay project in the course.  The most interesting study I learned about this term was the effects on your gut microbiome post surgery and how medical methods and medicines further affect your… Continue reading Writing Exercise #8

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? If a doctor prescribed me antibiotics to treat a certain bacterial infection I would trust the doctor and take the full antibiotic prescription he gave me.… Continue reading Writing Exercise #6

Writing Exercise #5

Prompt: What choices do you make in terms of food/nutrition/product use and consumption that may have an impact on your microbial communities? Consider choices that are intentional and choices that are perhaps non-intentional. As a college student I find it hard to keep up a healthy and consistent diet, I unintentionally eat a lot of… Continue reading Writing Exercise #5

Writing Exercise #4

The purpose of the rhetorical precis is to offer a short account of an article that does more than summarize the content. The rhetorical precis, which is four sentences long, accounts for the author and his or her main assertion, the way the author develops or supports the thesis, the author’s purpose in writing, and… Continue reading Writing Exercise #4