My bacteria and yours – telling stories

Small pictures of the microbes growing in my own gut, and in my own house, are filling my mind with questions. Why do I have a higher percentage of a bacteria family called Firmicutes than other people? Why did my house have a higher percentage of plant-based material on our door sill than the other … Continue reading My bacteria and yours – telling stories

Sharing my microbial fingerprints

Any day  now, I’m going to get lab results I’ve been waiting months to know. They will tell me something about my deep insides.  These will be maps of  thousands and thousands of microbes that live inside my gut and in my house. But just like some ancient relics pulled from tombs of lost civilizations, … Continue reading Sharing my microbial fingerprints

Social + citizen science meets my porch

The envelope arrived a few days ago. Happy to see that my data loggers from the North Carolina State project known as Your Wild Life arrived. They are tiny metal cylinders, but powerful in their own way. For those of you who don’t know much about citizen science, I’m a volunteer helping gather data for … Continue reading Social + citizen science meets my porch