We’ll forgive her two reasons:
- She has actual, important things to do, like research and mommy stuff and stuff like that.
- We’re good like that.
Today Dr. Tara takes us back to the basics, and starts our education in some simple (well, to scientists, anyway) concepts to help us understand what the hell she’s talking about sometimes.
Like most fields, microbiology is one filled with jargon. Many laymen don’t even realize the differences between a bacterium and a virus, much less the smaller differences between, for example, a pathogenic versus a commensal organism. So, while I haven’t decided yet exactly what I might write about in future posts, I thought I’d begin with a very general microbiology primer to get everyone up to speed on the basics of the microbial word.To begin with, in the “well, duh” category, microbiology is the study of very tiny life.
Valuable information for those of us lacking in biological science education. Dr. Tara gets good and gooey, and by the time you’re done you’ll at least know the difference between a bacterium and a virus, and why that difference is so important.
Her post is a bit long, so set aside a little block of time so you can really digest the good stuff there, but if you want to educate yourself on some basic biological concepts regarding infectious disease, this is the place to start.
Thanks Dr. Tara!