Welcome to the world of nanobugs !
We live in a world where human beings think they rule. But within this world lies the unseen kingdom of microbes. Because microbes are invisible to the human eye, we often forget they are there. But with a little imagination, we can give life to the microbes and learn how to live in harmony with them.
grew out of our passion for infection prevention and our conviction that adults and children could be entertained by personified microbes,
while they learned about microbiology and virology. The nanobugs would ultimately teach them effective
techniques for preventing infection.
The mission of nanobugs, inc is to both entertain and educate people of all ages about practical microbiology for the purpose of infection prevention and health promotion.
The company will evolve into a leader in health education and infection prevention through its unique and creative educational methods. These entertaining formats will communicate, knowledge that is both memorable and usable. The concept will be relevant and understandable to all groups both domestic and international.
"What are nanobugs ? "
The nanobugs are a unique combination of science and imagination. The nanobugs characters represent bacteria, viruses, and fungi (microbes). Their cartoon image reveals natural characteristics of the microbe or the infection it causes. The bacteria and fungi nanobugs are "morphologically correct"; that means their body image matches their shape as observed under the microscope - rods, spheres, chains, or clusters. Anaerobic bacteria do not grow in the presence of oxygen so those nanobugs appear with gas masks. Some nanobugs have a "force field"" around them to show that they are antibiotic resistant.
The nanobugs viruses are given a spherical shape and only one eye to represent the nucleic acid core of the virus. The nanobugs viruses are black and white drawings symbolizing the fact that they are parasites, which can't live independently; they require living cells to survive. The only color on a nanobugs virus appears at the point of antibody attachment. This would be the "Achilles´ heel" of the virus because the attachment of a human antibody causes either neutralization or destruction of the virus.
Some of the nanobugs are pathogenic – meaning they cause disease and infection in humans. And some are part of the normal flora of the human body – meaning they help us digest food in the intestines or protect other areas of the body from invading pathogenic nanobugs. By learning about the different nanobugs we can develop behaviors and strategies to stay healthy - avoiding some nanobugs and being thankful for others.
From Mega to Micro ...
Cartoon characters representing bacteria, viruses, and fungi will teach how infections are spread and how to prevent them. After all, generations of children have been endlessly fascinated with the dinosaurs, enthusiastically learning the names of the genus and species of these mega-creatures, like Tyrannosaurus Rex. We believe the nanobugs will bring that same wonder and fascination to the world of micro-creatures (bacteria and viruses). Before long, children (and adults) will know the proper scientific names for important microbes, like Staphylococcus aureus, and how to prevent infections and stay healthy!
The Next Big Microscopic Thing ...
The news is constantly filled with reports of new and emerging infections like H1N1 influenza and outbreaks of E coli O157 and Hepatitis A. Despite our attempts at prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases, the number of these infections continues to rise. Hand hygiene is preached in schools and health care settings and yet, compliance is a real issue. Health professionals face big challenges in controlling infections in hospitalized patients and the elderly in nursing homes. The nanobugs present a fresh approach to infection prevention, stimulating everyone - young and old, teachers and students, doctors and nurses - to learn the relevant practical microbiology to develop their own strategies for infection prevention.
Science + Imagination = the nanobugs
Nanobugs, inc. utilizes the contributions of individuals with extensive experience in microbiology and infection prevention and control to create captivating cartoon microbes. Every effort has been made to maintain the scientific integrity of the nanobugs characters and products. Still, as the nanobugs began to take shape, we couldn´t resist the opportunity to let them show a little "attitude"!
What people are saying about nanobugs ......
"Your website is a really fun place to share with my 4-year-old grandson when he visits. He loves to watch the nanobugs do their little monologs. His favorite nanobug is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He can pronounce their names after listening to the announcer on the website. I was happy when you added the additional information to the menagerie. Alex was asking for more information and I didn't want to try and make things up. By the way, Alex now willingly brushes his teeth saying "let’s get rid of those nanobugs on our teeth". (Streptococcus mutans)"
Nancy S. – a grandmother
"Your presentation at the Rocky Mountain Infection Control Meeting in Salt Lake City was so fun and very informative! Microbiology can be such a difficult subject! I'm looking forward to any way that you can make it easier for all of us! I won the playing cards and LOVE them! I'll wear my "NANOBUG" tee shirt at the next nurses meeting! THANKS!"
Karen - Salt Lake City
"I am a peds oncology RN and I love this website for it's multi-level educational approach!! Good work!"
Jane S. - Temecula, CA