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Interview with GIANTmicrobes® founder, Drew Oliver

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Looking for a really unique, educational and adorable gift for your family, friends or co-workers this Christmas season?

One company provides collectible toys that fit all those descriptions, and that’s GIANTmicrobes®.

GIANTmicrobes® is the brain child of Drew Oliver, a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon who spoke to Robert Herriman of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show to talk about the origins of this unique company and the new items available for Christmas.

When asked about where the idea for these novelty gifts come from, Oliver said, “The original idea, the “germ” of the idea if you will, as to teach nursery school children about washing their hands. So we started with four plush dolls–the Common Cold, Sore Throat, Flu and Stomach Ache and started selling them from the website,, and we got an amazing response.”

The company was started in 2002. It now has about 150 designs today, according to Mr. Oliver.

Oliver said that although a part of their customer base is children, scientists and doctors, most of their consumer base are “just regular folks”.

So what are some of the highlights this holiday season? The company spells that out in this press release.

You can also visit the GIANTmicrobes® Facebook page where they often offer specials and giveaways.

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