Insight: Marcos Breton / The Microbial Cloud / Olympics 2012 Preview: Gabe Gardner / The Little Mermaid
Isosphaera pallida type strain (IS1BT) - Courtesy of Dr. Eisen's Lab
Sac Bee columnist Marcos Breton returns for his monthly analysis of newsworthy topics; A microbiologist's "field" guide to beneficial microbes; Olympian Gabe Gardner talks about volleyball; Disney's classic makes its Music Circus debut this week
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.
The Microbial CloudMicrobiologist 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.
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."