Little Microbiology Blog

All the wonders of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology in one place!
Feel free to ask any questions about microbiology or submit links to microbiology news and websites.
A really shoddy picture of my pancreatic cancer cell line from my current project.

A really shoddy picture of my pancreatic cancer cell line from my current project.

Anonymous asked: Do u need maths to do a microbiology degree or can u have physics instead?

You would need to check the individual institution’s requirements but most Universities look for A-level (or equivalent) biology and basic GCSE (or equivalent) maths, not A-level. And having physics shouldn’t make a difference as long as you have the biology qualifications. 

Anonymous asked: Hey im doing advanced biology and was wondering if u could give me any ideas for investigations to do with microbiology 😘

Hello,

By investigations I am guessing you mean practical projects, in that case ideas can include transformation of microbes, such as E. coli, with plasmids, such as those containing GFP (so you can get cool glowing colonies under fluorescent light), or you could investigate the microbes in probiotics, by culturing them, sequencing their DNA if you have the funds and testing their ability to survive in acidic conditions that mimic the stomach. There is a wealth of literature on probiotics so it would be a good project. Alternatively you could measure respiratory consumption/output of certain microbes in Warburg apparatus or respirometers (yeasts are good for this). 

That’s all I can think of at the moment. Good luck with it, feel free to ask any other questions you have. 

:)

I adore these Giant Microbes by Drew Oliver, they are just so cute (and informative)! A must have for the desk/bench/car/study of any microbiologist (and how else could you give someone an STD as a present and not get a slap??). 
Get contaminated (with cuteness) here:
http://www.giantmicrobes.com

I adore these Giant Microbes by Drew Oliver, they are just so cute (and informative)! A must have for the desk/bench/car/study of any microbiologist (and how else could you give someone an STD as a present and not get a slap??). 

Get contaminated (with cuteness) here:

http://www.giantmicrobes.com

Microbiology Fact

The Phylum ‘Proteobacteria' contains a diverse range of bacteria, from nifty nitrogen fixers to Yersinia pestis, the bacterium behind The Black Death, which ravaged populations in the Middle Ages.

chemically-dependent:

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radicalduckling:

Anyone who thinks, bigender/agender are legitimate genders don’t have a grasp on basic human biology.  

Well they are legit GENDERS, as gender is a social construct, and therefore psychological, whereas SEX is biologically encoded in the genome and remains constant. The whole language around this topic desperately needs to change because I am saddened to keep hearing of scientists being harassed by the trans community just for talking about biological facts.

Gender is not a ‘social construct’ it is determined by the brain. What my body and chromosomes are is completely irrelevant to who I am, nor is my gender determined by society. If I was the last person on the planet I would still be male because my brain is wired that way so it has nothing to do with society, it is psychological brain chemistry. This is also science and has been proven in multiple studies. Gender being binary is also complete misinformation. Just because you dont understand something doesnt mean it doesnt exist. Again this is determined by our brain make-up as to how we identify. For some it is social yes but the majority of us no its not. Biological sex develops separately from the brain, hence the body can develop as a sex that is contradictory to brain wiring as they are independent processes not related to each other. In 99% of cases they will align and you identify with your developed sex, in other cases they dont, hence why trans people exist

Bottom line why cant you just respect someone enough to treat them how they identify than say oh you cant be that cause biology says so

Edit - To clarify Im not some activist trying to argue an agenda. I have 2 science degrees and intend to go into Medicine. Just tired of seeing misinformation everywhere when I know what this is like and when studies have also proven all of this

Actually gender, meaning how one feels (or does not feel) internally about their extent of masculinity or femininity, appears to be heavily socially constructed. Society constantly bombards individuals with feminine and masculine imagery and instruction, and a child’s socialisation and treatment will be (almost always) based on the gender assigned to them at birth (based on their external genetalia - whether that is how the child feels/will feel or not). If these social stimuli did not exist then one would not be able to put a gauge on how masculine and or feminine (or not) they feel, as there would be no typically masculine or feminine activities.

In this hypothetical world without gender stereotypes/roles (the gender constructed by society with a slight input from biology) everyone with XX or XY (or monosomy or trisomy etc. of the sex chromosomes) would be able to participate in any activity with no link to their genetics or psychology. Thus they would have little need to have feelings about gender, as the concept would not exist, they would just be a human. Only a small amount of an individual’s gender feelings come from biological inputs (be they hormonal or neurobiological in origin), and even the ‘typical gender behaviours’ they show, which may result from biology, are interpreted in the light of societal feelings.

The social construction of gender, so what it is to be feminine or masculine, is constantly broken and reformed in a mercurial fashion, so it too will progress (or regress) with societal changes, and also varies within and between ethnicities, religions, races and countries. There is a wealth of literature on this subject citing the heavy influence of society on an individual’s gender feelings (the social constructionist approach).

To clarify, my initial comment was not meant to imply in any way that your genetics will/must trap you into one gender or that they should/do absolutely dictate what you feel, as it does not appear to be the case. I was merely pointing out the backlash some (scientists and others) receive for trying to use the outdated language to discriminate between what one is genetically (i.e. chromosomes- often termed a person’s sex) and what they are in terms of gender (their feelings in themselves and their reactions to social cues and stimulus).

If my opinion on the matter was so desired then it would have to be that I, a biological female who does identify in the ‘cis’ fashion but would not describe herself as a complying wholly to the typical ‘female’ social gender stereotype, see the social conventions of gender roles as a bit arcane. And as I think about it more I could interpret my gender feelings in other ways, nonetheless they are mostly formed by what society portrays as masculine and feminine. I was illustrating that the original poster of the comment was not accurate, as gender has very little to do with human biology, and a whole lot more to do with society and psychology, and to outline that the language pertaining to such a subject needs to change, as it causes confusion. It was not a case of me denying the existence of anything, I fully understand that some people are discordant in terms of their sex and gender. 

I spent a long time on this comment, to make sure I had my thoughts in some form of logical order (they probably still aren’t), the original comment I made was poorly worded, I was on my phone and just made a quick observation trying (where so many others have failed) to clarify. I suppose your additional comment also reflects the subjectivity of gender, I believe I read somewhere that talking about gender is like a fish talking about water or something along the lines….

radicalduckling:

Anyone who thinks, bigender/agender are legitimate genders don’t have a grasp on basic human biology.  

Well they are legit GENDERS, as gender is a social construct, and therefore psychological, whereas SEX is biologically encoded in the genome and remains constant. The whole language around this topic desperately needs to change because I am saddened to keep hearing of scientists being harassed by the trans community just for talking about biological facts.