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Erin Murphy to discuss good and bad bacteria at Wednesday Science Cafe


Getting up in the morning is hard enough without considering the stack of dirty dishes from the night before laden with germs or the superbug we could be creating when we reach for the antimicrobial soap. 

Erin Murphy, assistant professor of biomedical science in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will deliver her Science Cafe' Discussion, "Bacteria: The Good, the Bad and the Resistant," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Baker University Center Front Room. The talk is part of the Science Cafe' series.

During her talk, she will highlight the beneficial and harmful aspects of these misunderstood organisms and the rising controversy of antibiotic resistance.

"But not all bacteria are bad," Murphy said. 

Murphy will discuss why some bacteria are good, even necessary and we owe a lot of credit to these microorganisms for helping us start our mornings. For instance, bacteria are often used to help ferment coffee, cheese, and yogurt. 

Free coffee will be offered to the first 50 attendees.