Writing Exercise #15

Imagine yourself as the head of a funding agency (like the National Institute of Health) in which your job is to look at proposals for research projects and decide what projects to award funding to. Based on your readings this term, discuss a research project (or projects) that you would be most excited about funding… Continue reading Writing Exercise #15

Writing Exercise #14

Part 1: Set a timer for 3 minutes, and make a list of as many human non-infectious diseases that you can think of that are influenced by microorganisms. -depression -anxiety -vaginal bacteriosis -inflammatory bowel disease -crohn’s disease -most gastrointestinal diseases -asthma/ allergies (this is something that needs to be studied more) -celiac disease -cardiovascular disease -cancer… Continue reading Writing Exercise #14

Writing Exercise #13

In W. P. Hanage’s article, he discusses the importance of five key questions when interpreting scientific literature: Can experiments detect differences that matter? W.P. Hanage discussed how it can be hard to distinguish functional differences between microorganisms when we do not know what to look for. He also explains that until we can identify differences… Continue reading Writing Exercise #13

Writing Exercise #13

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? There have been studies that support the idea that gut microbiome affects mental health. The presence of… Continue reading Writing Exercise #13

Writing Exercise #11

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? I thoroughly enjoyed reading and critiquing the papers. I found the content to be fascinating. When… Continue reading Writing Exercise #11

Writing Exercise #10

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. Peer review is a process that ensures new research is valid. Authors submit… Continue reading Writing Exercise #10

Writing Exercise 9

List and describe as many changes in human behaviors as you can think of that contribute to decreased exposure to microbes. -taking antibiotics -washing hands -wearing a mask -sterilizing surfaces -not touching all people/surfaces -cooking meat thoroughly -washing vegetables and fruit before eating -birth by C. section instead of vaginal birth -formula feeding instead of… Continue reading Writing Exercise 9

Writing Exercise #8

Step 1:  I found the vaginal microbiota community to be the most interesting that we have learned about so far. I hate that it has been so understudied, and I feel that by educating myself about it, I can help improve understanding for all those who I come across. I also thought that the studies… Continue reading Writing Exercise #8

Writing Assignment #7

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). The gut microbtiota has three essential roles: protection, metabolic, and trophic. They are a barrier against pathogenic organisms. They also aid in… Continue reading Writing Assignment #7

Writing Exercise #6

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 believe that antibiotics are important, and should be taken when the situation arises. It is important to consider all options before taking antibiotics. Also, one can… Continue reading Writing Exercise #6