A microbiology of the built environment April Fools’ joke

Well I am sad I missed this yesterday but there was an April Fools’ joke published in the Western University Gazette that had a microbiology of the built environment angle.

“We’re holding Ivey business classes in there to decontaminate the premises,” Chakma said.

Source: English Department relocated to broom closets | Spoof | westerngazette.ca

“There were trace sources of freeloadica poverticanus found in the building,” says President Chakma in a press release. “It’s a bacteria found most often in flakey, unprofitable liberal arts institutions. We’re holding Ivey business classes in there to decontaminate the premises.”

The discovery of this bacterium (I do wish they capitalized the genus name) led to the English Department to be moved to broom closet’s.  I think they labelled this as “spoof” because it was in fact too believable.  Anyway – it is the only microbiology of the built environment April Fools’ joke I saw from yesterday. 

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.