Tag: microbiology

  • Sourdough Culture

    Sourdough Culture

    Having written up the ‘how-to’ of starting a sourdough culture, and the beginnings of a recipe set for it, I was asked about the nature of the sourdough starter. What’s going on in that jar of oozing, smelling, wonderful stuff? How does it work? Is it safe? And why did we stop using sourdough except…

  • Viruses that go Bump in the Night

    Viruses that go Bump in the Night

    I was reminded of John Ringo’s essay on the zombie apocalypse during microbiology lab today. We watched a video on SARS, and one of the questions asked was “did we overreact to SARS?” The answer, of course, is no, and a little bit, yes. The possibility of a global pandemic (yes, I know that’s redundant)…