Our Body, Our Germs: The Role Of The Microbes Among Us

May 28, 2013

A clump of Staphylococcus epidermidis (left) and Enterococcus faecalis (right).
A clump of Staphylococcus epidermidis (left) and Enterococcus faecalis (right).
Credit AP/NIAID, Agriculture Department

Tues 5/28/13 Noon & 7 pm  Scientists are learning more and more by the minute about the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies. These microogranisms play an incredibly important role in the digestive process and our ability to combat infectious diseases and allergies.

Dartmouth Microbiology and Immunology Professor Deb Hogan and Gary Mawe, UVM Professor of Neurobiology, give us a look through the microscope to educate us on the role these organisms play in our lives.

Also on the program, last week Attorney General Bill Sorrell filed a lawsuit against a company called MPHJ Technology for “patent trolling” and Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill which would help to make patent trolling cases enforceable under Vermont’s civil statutes. Attorney General Sorrell explains the nature of the lawsuit and new law.