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12 Aug Video Nick Jakubovics Newcastle University dental research



A quick video presentation put together using Windows Movie Maker as an example of what you can do with a smart phone and free video editing packages. The short film features Nick Jakubovics, senior lecturer, oral microbiologist and researcher at the University of Newcastle Dental School, talking about revolutionary research that could have implications in dental disease, human health, marine biology, shipping and environmental science.

Microbes are pretty harmless by themselves but when they gather and stick together on surfaces they form a slimy matrix that is hard to get rid of. When they do it in the mouth in the form of dental plaque they cause bad breath, tooth decay and other health problems. Even if you clean your teeth regularly, plaque can cause gingivitis and gum disease.

But thanks to a discovery by marine biologists at Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory, an enzyme found in algae could now be used to disperse biofilms and get rid of problem microbes.

Not only has this discovery paved the way for marine biologists to offer a solution to the problem of barnacles in commercial shipping, it could now be used in human health, engineering and the environment, proving that some discoveries can have implications that reach far beyond their humble origins.

Filmed entirely on the LG 2X P990 smartphone and edited using Windows Live Moviemaker. This was an experiment in lo-cost film making.

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