Foodie TWiM reveals that bacteria in human saliva are major components of Ecuadorian indigenous beers, and an unusual E. coli that produces atypical light cream-colored colonies in chromogenic agar.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt
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Links for this episode:
- Saliva bacteria in indigenous beers (Peer J)
- Unusual behavior of E. coli ST59 (Appl Envir Micro)
- One Health (CDC)
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It strikes me that chewed and spit out food was almost certainly part of the transition from nursing to independent food consumption for infants well before civilization, and that ‘Virgins of the Sun’ were responsible for producing Chicha in ancient Ecuador could point to which segment of the human community was traditionally responsible for chewing food for infants.