Entries by Jason Tetro from 10/2012

The Evil Way Your Eyes Fend Off Germs

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...

Can Licking a Handrail Make You Sick?

| Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFor a teenager in New York City, one dollar was enough to lick the entire handrail of a staircasetes in a subway station. While these stories make for great headlines, there is one underlying question that never seems to be answered: can a contaminated surface lead to actual infection?

How Safe Is That Tattoo You're Getting?

| Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Living

The zenith of popularity of any given human activity is the creation of a reality television series based on the practice. This week, tattooing took centre stage as the show Ink Master began its second season. I reached out to tattoo artist Lizzie Renaud, who owns the Toronto-based Speakeasy Tattoo and asked her perspective on the concept of safety in the Tattoo Shop.

Read my Lips: Kissing is a Germy Affair

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The mouth is full of germs and all one needs to do is lick a petri dish -- or convince someone else to do so -- to see the amount and variety of microbes that lurk inside the oral cavity. By kissing another person, especially passionately, the transfer of germs is not just likely, it's inevitable...

Why Germs in Space Are a Nightmare

| Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg During the second mission to the moon in 1969, Apollo 12, the crew brought back a camera that had been sent some two and a half years earlier. When they returned, the camera underwent extensive testing including microbiological analysis. Much to their surprise, they found a colony of earthly bacteria; apparently the microbes had survived the inhospitable lunar environment.