Jason Tetro
Since he was a teenager, Jason Tetro has called the laboratory his second home. His experience in microbiology and immunology has taken him into several fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as SARS, avian flu, and Zika virus. He currently is a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph.

In the public, Jason is better known as The Germ Guy, and regularly offers his at times unconventional perspective on science in the media. Jason has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health. He lives in Toronto.

Entries by Jason Tetro

We Are One Step Closer To A Syphilis Vaccine

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 9:15 AM

As Valentine's Day approaches, most Canadians turn their thoughts to love and all that comes with it. However, for public health officials, this year is particularly worrisome in the love department. It's all due to the rather unwelcome realization sexually transmitted diseases are continuing to rise in this country and...

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We May Soon Have A Trojan Horse To Defeat Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 8:14 AM

Beating cancer is one of humanity's greatest challenges and figuring out how to deal with these turncoat cells in our body continues to be a global priority. We have come a long way over the last century yet we have not yet won the fight. It is why researchers continue...

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We're A Step Closer To Calming Dangerous Flu-Related Inflammation

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 11:33 AM

Influenza is a nasty virus, as anyone who has been infected can attest. For most Canadians, the affliction only lasts for a few weeks before life returns to normal. But each year, thousands suffer more dire consequences and require hospitalization. Even with the best treatment options available, hundreds...

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Why Colds And The Flu Feel Worse At Night

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 3:15 AM

As cold and flu season continues to rage across the country, many Canadians are dealing with a rather frustrating conundrum. During the day, they seem to fare well with the infection but as soon as bedtime arrives, the situation worsens. The aches and pains return, the nasal passages fill up...

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The Flu May Be Trickier Than We Thought

(4) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 1:18 PM

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It's the middle of flu season and as expected, the virus is making its way through Canada. Thousands of people are struggling with the coughs, fever, and fatigue and looking for ways to deal with the weeks of suffering. Some will choose natural remedies, such...

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We Are One Step Closer To A Vaccine Against A Dangerous Virus

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 7:55 AM

This week, as expected, flu has taken over the headlines. All across Canada, hospitals are being overwhelmed by patients suffering from this well-known disease. Yet, among those looking for medical assistance, many will not have the influenza virus but another lesser known pathogen.

The pathogen is known as respiratory...

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Your Microbes May Help Your New Year's Workout Resolution

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 5:55 AM

It's 2017 and many Canadians are starting the New Year with a list of resolutions to change certain aspects of their lives. At the top of many personal promises is the intent to get more exercise. Whether this means a gym membership or the purchase of a brand new pair...

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Keep Your New Year's Eve Party Hygienic

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 9:09 AM

On Saturday night, millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast will attend a wide variety of parties, concerts, and household gatherings to ring in the New Year. Surrounded by family, friends, and undoubtedly strangers, everyone will be waiting for the clock to strike twelve. At that moment, they...

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'Proteobiotics' May Keep Your Dog Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2016 | 11:06 AM

This Christmas, along with the usual array of inanimate gifts such as toys, clothes, and gadgets, some Canadian families will be welcoming a living addition to their homes in the form of a puppy. Without a doubt, the sight of a new pet will bring smiles and exclamations of joy...

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How A Scarf (Or Necktube) Will Save You From Germs

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 4:41 AM

As the temperature continues to plunge this winter, many Canadians will turn to scarves -- and more recently necktubes -- to keep their necks and faces warm. These swatches of fabric ensure those areas left open by jackets and coats are kept safe from the prevailing winds and wayward flakes...

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How Microbes May Control Our Body's Inner Clock

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 7:41 AM

Anyone who has experienced jet lag or worked the night shift knows the frustration of dealing with the outside concept of time. Although our eyes can see the change in the light and dark cycle of the Earth, our bodies continue to function as if we are in another time...

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Taking The Fecal Out Of Fecal Transplantation

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2016 | 6:47 AM

Of all the microbial stories given media attention over the last few years, none have been as captivating as fecal transplantation. As the name implies, this technique involves taking the feces from a healthy person and introducing it into someone who is suffering from long-term gastrointestinal illness. Although the concept...

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Probiotics May Help Alzheimer's Patients

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 2:53 AM

There is little doubt dementia is a serious concern in Canada. The loss of memory as well as changes in behaviour, judgement, and normal daily function is like living in a mental prison from which there is no escape. Today, at least half a million people suffer from...

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Psychobiotics Could One Day Relieve Your Stress

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 12:01 PM

The holiday season is coming and soon we will all be submerged in the usual rush leading up to those two weeks at the end of December. As the calamity continues, we are sure to experience a spike in stress levels. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms will be troublesome...

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Infectious Diseases An Unseen Enemy Soldiers Face From Day One

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 1:32 PM

At this time of year, Canada collectively takes time to remember the sacrifices made by those who have fought to maintain our freedom. These honourable individuals have given everything for us. We, in turn, show our appreciation as well as our hope we never live through the scourge of war...

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Canada's Food Guide Needs To Reflect Our Microbes

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2016 | 2:02 PM

Last week, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott announced the Canadian Food Guide is about to undergo a revision. The goals of this undertaking are to strengthen healthy eating recommendations and to communicate guidance for health professionals, policy makers, and the general public. The new...

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The Itchy History Of Head Lice And Bacterial Pathogens

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 11:08 AM

As with every year, the fall and winter seasons are marked with the arrival of a number of different health issues. For most, colds and flu are at the top of the list. But another pathogen also seems to thrive at this time of year. Though it is officially known...

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Discovering The Microbial Makeup Of Kefir

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 12:22 PM

If you've been in a grocery store or a farmer's market, you've no doubt seen kefir. The product is a fermented drink made usually with milk or juice. It has been around for thousands of years and is imbibed worldwide. As the name, which is an ancient word for "

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Here's Why People Avoid The Flu Vaccine

(16) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 10:03 AM

By now Canadians should be seeing the annual promotions from public health officials for the flu vaccine. With winter on its way, various flu viruses will be making their way across our borders and into the respiratory tracts of millions. However, despite the advertisements, only about one-third of...

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5 Ways You Can Help Prevent The Post-Antibiotic Era

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 11:43 AM

By now, most Canadians are aware there is a problem with antibiotic resistance. Researchers and public health officials have sounded the alarm and the world taken notice. Both the World Health Organization and the United Nations have declared this phenomenon a crisis and asked all countries...

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