Recently I gave a talk at the AAAS Meeting in Vancouver on my dream of having “A Field Guide to the Microbes”. The talk was part of a session on the “Earth Microbiome Project” organized by Jack Gilbert and others.
You can see a slideshow with audio of my talk below:
It seems that my talk has sparked a lot of interest as I have been interviewed by various people and publications about this concept.
For example, Holly Menninger recently interviewed me for a blog post for the “Your Wild Life” blog:
Is a Field Guide for Microbes in Our Future? Q & A with Microbiologist Jonathan Eisen.
And today a wonderfully illustrated piece came out at Wired.Com by Daniela Hernandez titled “Book of Germs: A Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes.”
If you are interested in some more background on what I have been thinking about a Field Guide to the Microbes here are some previous things I have written or said or commented on relating to this topic:
- Editorial I wrote in 2009 w/ Catrionna MacCallum for a collection of articles in PLoS Journals on the Genomics of Emerging Infectious Diseases: PLoS Biology: Genomics of Emerging Infectious Disease: A PLoS . It has a box on a Field Guide to the Microbes.
- Microbe Magazine Article interviewing me: Genomic Analyses Could Lead to “Field Guide to Microbes”
- Press release from project in 2005: Poison + water = hydrogen. New microbial genome shows how
- Talk I gave in November 2011 at the Compass Summit on ‘The Dark Matter of Biology.”
3 thoughts on “My obsession with a Field Guide for Microbes”
Monecke et al. have done an excellent job of providing a field guide to clinically important S. aureus.
Cool – thanks Paul
Just read the Wired article. Need any programming to get started? Submission website, phone app, etc… I don't have a microscope but I can write code.