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admin
10-29-2005, 03:03 PM
Which is your favorite microbe?

kskerr
10-30-2005, 12:28 AM
I am a huge fan of the stuffed microbes, I love them all! If I had to choose I think I'd go with stomach ache and strep throat, they are so cute. I had them all until the eight new ones came out, I now know what I'm asked for for Christmas. There is even a sibling of my current research organism, Propionibacterium thoenii. Might I suggest adding more friendly bacteria, such as another species of Propionibacterium the causative agents of swiss cheese, or Lactobacillus.

Keep up the great work!!!

Karen

Emily
10-30-2005, 05:58 PM
I like Ebola. It's pretty neat looking, if you ask me.

CoolHandCake
10-30-2005, 06:04 PM
I think HIV is my favorite. But just shapewize i like it and Coman Cold (voted for) for its hugability.

Emily
10-30-2005, 06:06 PM
Yeah, I voted for Ebola, though, because "the Hot Zone" is a really good book, and stuff... but Cake is right, Common Cold should get props for its hugability.

CoolHandCake
10-30-2005, 06:07 PM
I'd like a giant giant microbe, that I could really get a cuddle action going on with. *ebola it's squeezably soft*

Emily
10-30-2005, 06:09 PM
That's a good idea, Cake. I want one to snuggle with at night, also. Maybe we should contact someone who will hook us up with really big ones, so we could be happy forever with big, snuggly microbes. I have a dream...

Nichol
11-03-2005, 02:30 PM
Actually it is a tie between Giardia and syphilis ("the Pox") for me. If GIANTmicrobes ever makes one of Trichomonas that may become my favorite. I think Trichomonas would make a really cute giant microbe with it's combination of flagella and an undulating membrane.

Norby
11-06-2005, 11:27 AM
All of them are my favorite. I have a special affection for Sore Throat as it was the first microbe I purchased but then Martian and Yeast came, and then the Flu, Bad Breath, etc. But if I favor one, won't that make their microscopic friends angry? And who wants the Pox sending its microscopic cousin after you?

Efogoto
11-10-2005, 06:19 PM
You're missing Black Death in the poll. Anything that can take out 1/3 of Europe at a go should not have been shorted. True, it looks like a jelly bean and nowhere near so intriguing as Ebola, but one shouldn't judge books by their covers, as it were.

kskerr
11-18-2005, 12:03 AM
There is some evidence that Yersinia pestis did not cause the black death, not proven yet as far as I know but some of it is quite compelling, and there is other evidence supporting it being Y. pestis. It is still a very important organism and does cause what we call plague so either way... This may well be the new unresolvable debate in microbiology, up there with is a virus a living thing.

Efogoto
11-28-2005, 04:00 PM
I keep Black Death on top of my cubicle to threaten less than welcome guests. Ebola guards my phone, ready for telemarketers and such. It would be a pity if y. pestis were not so potent as I need. Now I really need smallpox as a backup. Sore Throat just isn't enough, and flu is busy staring over the wall at my neighbor.

kskerr
11-29-2005, 08:36 PM
Y. pestis is still a killer, even if it did not cause the black death. Either way I would stay away from it!

paperboat917
12-02-2005, 06:01 PM
I particularly enjoy Cold. It has bumps.

Shiggy
12-24-2005, 02:06 PM
Well, since I've only seen two real giantmicrobes (two more are on their way over, and I'm planning on getting yet another two with some of my Christmas Funds :D ), I'd have to go with Sore Throat. It's adorable. 0.0 Stomach ache is kinda cute, too. ^^

If anyone had any doubts about what I wanted to major in in college, those doubts should be stifled after they see how obsessed I am with the little buggers. XD Unfortunately my dad threatened to fry my microbes (while my step-mom planned on attacking them with antibiotics) if I didn't have my college essays completed by... well, last night, but they're done, so my stuffed friends will survive. Yeesh. </ramble> Microbiology, here I come.

My current favorite microbe is Sore Throat, however. It always regards me with this pleading/terrified/vacuous expression. :p

Ebola Cactus
12-28-2005, 12:48 AM
EBOLA.. well thats obvious, I think the TB is adorable! and so is the Mad Cow X3

kskerr
12-30-2005, 12:45 AM
Welcome to the fold Shiggy, good luck getting accepted into the college you want! My college did not have a micro major, though I was originally into genetics (there was not a genetics major either) when I was an undergrad, did not fall in love with micro until I was a Jr, so it is a good thing otherwise I'd likely have taken forever to get a degree. Microbes are all adorable, real and stuffed :D!

Shiggy
01-06-2006, 02:24 PM
Welcome to the fold Shiggy, good luck getting accepted into the college you want! My college did not have a micro major, though I was originally into genetics (there was not a genetics major either) when I was an undergrad, did not fall in love with micro until I was a Jr, so it is a good thing otherwise I'd likely have taken forever to get a degree. Microbes are all adorable, real and stuffed :D!
Thanks! I've been into the whole biology thing for a while, but I'm still deciding on whether to look more into genetics or microbiology. Both are extremely cool.

Ebola Cactus, after reading The Hot Zone, I've gotten the urge to buy the little Ebola critter as well. But perhaps the one being sold is the Reston strain. Keep the monkeys away!

Vireyda
01-08-2006, 01:29 PM
I voted for Yeast Beer & Bread because it just looks so darn cute, but the two I bought at the Ontario Science Centre yesterday were Fleah Eating Disease and HIV, but they weren't voting options.

GERMan
01-10-2006, 01:27 PM
Cute-wise, the common cold shortly followed by yeast. But when it comes to cuddling, yeast has to make place for my little green flu friend. Flu is currently helping me repeat biochemistry for an exam... looking forward to my masters time, when I can opt for microbiology/virology to add some color to my studies ;)

kskerr
01-11-2006, 10:24 PM
When I took Cell Biology I discovered that genetics was pretty much all about molecular biology (my undergrad major), which I find rather boring. Microbiology has more options for those of us not so into the molecular stuff, some researchers focus on it, some use it as a tool but do others things as well, and others don't do any at all. I recommend keeping the options open until you get a taste of mo bi (or moly bio as the Iowans call it) and then decide. Good luck with Biochem GERM :), I'm taking it for the second time as well. I am finding it less evil as a grad student than I did as an undergrad but that may change as I have a different prof this semester. Oh and I got Salmonella from my sister for Christmas, she labeled it as from her new pet lizzard that I told her not to buy since it could get people sick. I love how it has a flagellum nose :D! Now there are only 3 that I do not have, perhaps my birthday will solve that problem :).

297hakr
01-30-2006, 12:43 PM
I have to go with hardcore Ebola. The mortality rate and manner of death speak for themselves.

Shark's Protein
01-30-2006, 03:34 PM
Oops, I forgot to press bed bug by accident. Could someone not voting for it please press it to make up for me?

kskerr
02-07-2006, 09:30 PM
I find viruses kinda boring, bacteria are where its at! I have learned about these subvirus things (viroids) in virology that don't encode for a protein, they just replicate and yet they can cause disease (plants) :confused:? As I recall the theory is that their presence/being replicated does something to the host that causes the symptoms. Two more classes and no more virology, ah the joys of a 5 week course :)!

297hakr
02-09-2006, 08:14 PM
I find viruses kinda boring, bacteria are where its at! I have learned about these subvirus things (viroids) in virology that don't encode for a protein, they just replicate and yet they can cause disease (plants) :confused:? As I recall the theory is that their presence/being replicated does something to the host that causes the symptoms. Two more classes and no more virology, ah the joys of a 5 week course :)!

It's hard to believe that just a little bit of RNA can make up an entire pathogen.

I think the simplicity and functionality of viruses makes them cool, but I am also definitely a bacteria guy.

Doctor Johnny Fever
02-19-2006, 09:17 PM
Ebola has talent, though! It's an undetectable and uncurable new-comer.

Also, Outbreak was a pretty okay movie. Not great, but the casting was decent. I like Wolfgang Petersen, too.

kskerr
02-23-2006, 10:43 PM
Given that not many things give the symptoms of ebola, I would say that it is rather detectable. Hmm, liquified organs, wonder what it could be... Wouldn't be surprised if they don't have a test for it or are working on one, though since it is so virulent and presents the obvious symptoms after a very short incubabtion they don't really need one. All viruses are incurable, we can treat the symptoms and help the body fight it but the immune system has to beat it off to be totally rid of it. Of course some bacteria are becoming the same way with the antibiotic resistance and all.

Giardia
02-25-2006, 09:37 PM
GIARDIA IS THE COOLEST MICROBE EVER!!!:p :D

Askor
02-26-2006, 09:36 AM
I think that Flesh Eating is my favorite :D

If anyone of you have read Rakkety Tam then you know where the name Askor came from (A flesh eating wolverene)

Giardia
02-26-2006, 11:04 AM
There is a resistance in bacteria nowadays because people immediately turn to antibiotics. Streptococcus pneumoniae, for example, was mentioned in the tag as having new resistant strains. (Everyone I showed him to said he looked like an owl). My favourite is still giardia, though.:D

kskerr
03-04-2006, 04:09 PM
Resistance is not a new thing it is just becomming a huge problem, especially in certain diseases and because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. TB is a good example but there are many others. The giardia bug is very cool looking.

ultra T4
04-15-2009, 05:50 PM
Y. pestis is still a killer, even if it did not cause the black death. Either way I would stay away from it!
definatley.

ultra T4
04-15-2009, 05:56 PM
MRSA also has antibiotic resistance