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Insight: Marcos Breton / The Microbial Cloud / Olympics 2012 Preview: Gabe Gardner / The Little Mermaid


 
 
Marcos Breton  Marcos Breton joins us at the start of each month; his columns appear each Wednesday and Sunday in the Sacramento Bee's Our Region section.  Today he'll talk about some of the current topics he's been writing about.
 
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The Microbial Cloud  Microbiologist Jonathan Eisen of the UC Davis Genome Center was invited to speak at the recent TEDMED meeting in Washington D.C.  He spoke about the beneficial impact of what he calls the "Microbial Cloud" of bacteriia which surrounds our bodies.  While much of medicine has obsessed over cleanliness and removing bacteria from our environment, "We are covered in a cloud of microbes that mostly do us good," Eisen says. "We are a teeming ecosystem of microorganisms."  Eisen uses genome sequencing technology to study this microbial cloud.  Too few or difficult to grow by conventional means, the signatures of microbes can be captured from their DNA.
 
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Olympics 2012 Preview "Gabe" Gabriel "Gabe" Bryan Gardner (born March 18, 1976, in San Diego, California) is an American professional volleyball player.  He is a two time Olympian, having played at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics with the U.S. national team.  Gabe graduated from San Clemente High School, where he went on to the University of Southern California, playing for the USC Trojans volleyball team in 1996-97.  He then transferred to Stanford University, where due to NCAA transfer rules he sat out the 1998 season before playing for the Cardinal in 1999. Gardner also played water polo as a goalie in addition to being an accomplished volleyball player for the high school level.  We'll talk to Gabe about his olympic journey.
 
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The Little Mermaid Disney's Classic "The Little Mermaid" makes its Music Circus début July 10-22.  Based on Hans Christian Anderson's original fairy tale, the musical fantasy is back in a re-imagined production featuring new songs not in the original Broadway production.  Unsatisfied with her life in the sea, young mermaid Ariel longs to experience the human world above, embarking on a fascinating journey to discover her true self.  The West Coast premiere of this beautiful Disney classic features the songs "Under the Sea," "Part of Your World", "Kiss the Girl, and "Poor Unfortunate Souls."
 
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Monday, July 09, 2012
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