Jason Tetro
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Jason Tetro is a microbiologist who has spent the last 25 years learning about the effect germs have on our lives.

A lab rat from the late 1980s to 2006, Jason learned how germs and humans co-exist and what was needed to form a relationship with them.

In 2007, he ventured out of the lab and into the TV studio as "The Germ Guy" to share his expertise in the form of a Q&A news segment on CTV Ottawa. He has since broadcast and written for a wide range of media including the Toronto Star, Scientific American, The Huffington Post Canada , the CBC, and his own “Germ Guy” blog.

In 2011 he was awarded an honorary PhD in Social Media from Social Media University, Global in recognition of his work to improve hand hygiene through social media using the hashtag #handhygiene, which has now been adopted by the World Health Organization.

His book, entitled "The Germ Code" (Random House/Doubleday) will be available on November 5, 2013. You can pre-order it today: http://amzn.to/10W3V3D

Entries by Jason Tetro

Otters Aren't Just Adorable, They Matter to Human Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:05 AM

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have some fascination with the otter. These creatures have gained a place in our collective fancy thanks in part to their near-human features (including similarities to Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch); their childlike playful nature, particularly with balls;...

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Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:42 PM

For most of North America -- ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast, this winter has been a doozy. In the beginning of January, a rush of warm air in the Arctic disrupted the local atmospheric zone, known as the north circumpolar vortex, breaking the normally stable...

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Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Over the last few weeks, the numerous outbreaks of measles in Canada have led many public health officials and microbiologists to shake their collective heads. The reason is simple: this should not be happening. Of all the pathogenic viruses, this one has been on our radar for nearly 200 years...

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Twerk All You Want, Just Don't Get a Lip Tattoo Like Miley's

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

When it comes to the climb of pop stardom, Miley Cyrus has proven she can't be tamed. No matter what the reaction might be to her party in the USA ways, she has proven time and time again that we can't stop her wrecking ball behaviour. Now, she's showing the...

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Improve Your Overall Health With Chocolate

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:23 AM

Ah, chocolate. For most people, this ancient staple is regarded as a delectable treat either by itself or as a part of almost any meal. The main ingredient, cacao, is derived from the seeds of the plant, Theobroma cacao, which appropriately means "food of the gods,"...

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The Surprising Way Bacteria 'Talks' To Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:25 PM

Amidst the myriad of political mechanisms, resistance is the most known. From grassroots picketing to national boycotts to a mass of millions congregating in a country's capital, the practice of protest is as old as civilization. Venturing into the resistance world brings an entirely unique experience, in which the participants...

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The Beach Is Great for Sun, Surf and...Germs

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:10 AM

At this time of year, almost everyone is awaiting the inevitable end to winter and the beginning of the warmer weather of spring. But many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and instead journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth, both climactic and...

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How Pine Trees Can Make Water Pristine

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 11:58 PM

Anyone who has watched the hit series, Survivorman knows survival in any environment is based on the availability of fresh, safe water. As Les Stroud points out in almost every episode, the body can last for weeks without food but only a few days without water. This presents...

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Evolution Made Easy, Courtesy of E. Coli

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Evolution is one of those enigmatic subjects we simply do not understand fully. We know it is a biological change at the genetic level that changes the overall nature of an organism. We're also sure that it requires a significant number of generations. Unfortunately, that means it is difficult to...

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Revisiting An Age-Old Thai Therapy to Relieve Diarrhea

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:07 AM

We've all been there. One moment, we're gregarious; the next, we're grim. It begins with grumbling, foreshadowing the inevitable. Soon, gas forces us to start the search for a preferably private toilet. Eventually, the ignominious gurgles occur and within moments, the contractions and rush begin. It all ends with a...

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Using Colour to Help Diagnose Sepsis

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 10:22 PM

With the Olympics in full swing, the influence of colour cannot be understated. The dazzling displays of the Opening Ceremonies filled our screens with rich hues making the event a true spectacular. At the events, the uniquely inspired uniforms offer an assortment of shades designed to keep attention. The overall...

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The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 11:56 PM

If you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. While the bravado behind the action may be recognized as displaying toughness, if the skin is broken, this advice may...

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Could the Right Germs Make You Live Forever?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:26 AM

It's an age-old search: the secret to eternal youth. For centuries, the dream of a single factor that may increase our lifespan has been at the forefront of many legends, excursions, and of course, advertising campaigns. But while this search has been fruitless for the majority of us, there is...

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Got a Colicky Baby? Germs Might Help

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 7:31 PM

For a new parent, nothing is as frustrating - and indeed, heartbreaking - as the sound of a crying infant. The causes are many, and most of the time a baby can be soothed with just some tender loving care. Yet between 5%-25% of the time, there seems...

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Bird Flu May Have Come to Canada But it's No Reason to Panic

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 8:03 AM

Yesterday's announcement that the H5N1 avian flu had led to a death in Canada has taken public health officials -- and the general public -- by surprise. This is the first time that this particular strain of the influenza virus has appeared in North America and could suggest that a...

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Is the Swine Flu Back and Wreaking Havoc?

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 10:37 PM

Over the last few weeks, as expected, there has been a transition in the media headlines from the antics of Ford to the augury of flu. The beginning of winter usually signals the onset of the annual influenza influx and the usual messages to increase hygiene and seek out the...

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5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:02 AM

With Christmas just a few days away and a week before the New Year, the rush to find the perfect present is in full effect. Unfortunately, the joys that come with sharing materialistic manifestations of merriment can also turn into the ruing reality of the regrettable gift (hopefully with the...

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Viruses Are Perfect Gift Wrappers

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 10:59 PM

As the Holiday Season approaches, millions of us will be out in the malls looking for that special gift for family, friends and colleagues. While the hunt may prove challenging for many, for others, another requirement of the gift-giving process may lead to untold stress: the gift wrap. While a...

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Probiotics May Improve Symptoms of Autism

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:36 AM

In 1944, the American psychiatrist Dr. Leo Kanner was curious as to why 20 children had an affective disorder along the same lines as those recorded some 35 years earlier by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler. Both men considered the condition to be autistic, meaning, as Kanner

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Good Germs May Help Fight This Deadly Disease

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 10:00 AM

The word itself strikes fear into many Canadians and for close to a million people, it is a stark and terrifying reality. Cancer, above almost any other disease, has proven itself to be a scourge on public health. The sudden transformation of normal human cells into tumours that can not...

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