Ancient Gut Microbes, Sanitation and Disease

Ancient Gut Microbes, Sanitation and Disease

Two interesting stories on ancient microbes were released in the press today. The first used DNA to investigate gut microbes found in a well-preserved 5,000 year old “Ice-man” mummy. Somewhat surprisingly, they found Helicobacter pylori, which is known to...
Is there manure in your well water?

Is there manure in your well water?

A recent study estimates that 18% of the 1.7 million Wisconsinites reliant on groundwater may be drinking bacteria-infested water, much of it likely contaminated by manure. Some excerpts from this article demonstrate our water isn’t as safe as we might hope. As shown...