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Dr. Will Melahn, the Chief Medical Officer at St. Claire Healthcare in Kentucky, talks to CNN's Kate Bolduan about his biggest challenges. Featuring GIANTmicrobes Gigantic Covid-19 Vaccine. CNN


"Check out GIANTmicrobes and instead of giving your little girl another stuffed bear give her a stuffed four-chamber heart, e. coli, brain cell, or common cold instead." - HuffingtonPost HuffingtonPost


"From a heart of gold to a broken heart, buy your little Valentine an plush heart replica and foster a love of science and anatomy year round." - today


"They had me at chlamydia." - USA TODAY usatoday


"Tree ornaments to adorn your evergreen with the common cold, a brain cell, the kissing disease, and E. coli." - Buzzfeed buzzfeed

NPR, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

"GIANTmicrobes Incorporated was founded in 2002 with the aim of educating kids and adults about medical issues by making, you know, little stuffed animals of various microbes." - NPR, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (4/7/2018)

Daily Mail

"'STDs are on the prowl and just can't wait to jump in your pants!' Toy company turns sexually transmitted diseases into 'charming' stuffed animals" - Daily Mail Daily Mail

Columbus Ledger

"Colossal microbes taking over the world sounds like a B-movie plot, rather than the business plan of a stuffed toy manufacturer. We asked Drew Oliver, the creator and CEO of GIANTmicrobes, about how the company came about, how their products have been received and his plans for the future." - Nature Microbiology Nature Microbiology

My Silly Little Gang blog

"We were first introduced to GIANTmicrobes back in 2017 and have been GIANT fans ever since.. GIANTmicrobes are plush, personified renditions of microscopic critters. Plus these plush toys are so cute, it's hard not to love them." - My Silly Little Gang My Silly Little Gang blog

Columbus Ledger

"Good news: Now you can give people sexually transmitted diseases without even touching them." - Columbus Ledger Columbus Ledger

Stamford Advocate

"The toys — for those who want a chlamydia, crabs or a clap education without the hassle of contracting — are flying off shelves in museum and gift stores.." - Stamford Advocate Stamford Advocate

TimeOut NY Kids

"Get your daily dose of smart fun with GIANTmicrobes Vitamins!" - TimeOut NY Kids TimeOut NY Kids


"We all want to find something fun and unique to give our loved ones on Valentine's Day – and the latest release from GIANTmicrobes could be exactly what you need!" - Celebmix

Parenting Healthy

"With actual, enlarged molecules of Vitamins A, B6, C and D they will learn all about these compounds that are essential for growth and nutrition. See these fun Vitamin GIANTmicrobes." - "Parenting Healthy Parenting Healthy


"Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love." - The Associated Press Yahoo

Pretty Opinionated

"If you’re unfamiliar with GIANTmicrobes, let me give you a quick rundown. Long story short, they make ginormous-sized plush versions of microscopic “bugs” and cells.. Maybe you’re thinking “Well, that’s kind of a weird gift! Who would I give that to?” I’ll tell you!" - Pretty Opinionated Pretty Opinionated


"There are all kinds of gifts that people want for the holiday season – clothing, jewelry, toys, games, housewares – but has anyone ever requested germs for Christmas?" - She Scribes shescribes

Newly Crunchy

"GIANTmicrobes has an awesome collection of critters, inspired by the invisible microscopic world. From Zombie Virus, Anthrax, Brain-Eating Amoeba Plagues, The Common Cold, to Black Death, each creepy critter comes with fun educational facts.." - Newly Crunchy Newly Crunchy

Kindergarten Kiosk

"The children have loved looking at the brain cell, red blood cell, bone cell, and muscle cell in tandem with real bones! These little guys are a great addition to any science center!" - Kindergarten Kiosk Kindergarten Kiosk

in our spare time

"How would you like to receive a brain cell for Halloween? Or possibly a cold sore or the plague? Maybe you’d like to wish botulism on someone you know. Well, now you can do just that with these fun, plush gifts from GIANT microbes!" - In Our Spare Time in our spare time

mom does reviews

"This Halloween look at some of the scariest things in the world- GIANT Microbes! You can hold Ebola or the Black Plague in your hand, a million times their actual size. They are cute, fun, and even educational." - Mom Does Reviews mom does reviews


"Every one of these is cuter than a bug's ear." - captaintoy


"These giants are absolutely awesome, and I'm cuddling with death tonight." - PC World pcworld


"Toys and art objects based on science classes such as physics and microbiology have become the hottest thing." - The Sydney Morning Herald smh


"These adorable stuffed versions of nasty disease-causing microbes aren't just for medical professionals." - WIRED wired


"You have to love that infectious enthusiasm." - Newsweek newsweek


"They are so darn cute!" - shescribes


"Fancy cuddling up to some syphilis at night?" - METRO metro

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