Germ Gems is a weekly blog posted by Dr. Phillip K. Peterson, MD - an infectious diseases expert and professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Minnesota. It’s for anyone interested in what’s new in the microbial world - especially people with no medical training.
Microbes - also known as germs and microorganisms - are essential to human health. But some microbes can sicken or kill us.
A day doesn’t go by without the appearance of some newsworthy development involving microbes. You’ll read about some of these here.
Many of the stories you’ll read are about pathogens, germs that cause disease. Others relate to microbes that contribute to human health. Some involve the human microbiome - germs that share our body surfaces.
Welcome to the microbial world.