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July, 2010

Micro Musings…

July 2010 cartoon

“It was getting moldy,
so I threw it out”


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Warning: These are tough this month…you will do well to get even one right!

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New Regulations…

Having difficulty in buying Iodine?

iodine bottle

to recent federal and state regulations, many labs are finding it
difficult to buy iodine that is needed for gram staining and
parasitology procedures.

Iodine is now a tightly controlled substance
due to its illegal use in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Diagnostics is fully licensed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to
sell iodine to qualified end users in the laboratory.

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Think about it…
The Thinker
  • If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
  • Why does the word monosyllabic contain five syllables?
  • If you wear antennae to a wedding, would the reception be better?
  • Why is abbreviated such a long word?
  • If you put a chameleon in a mirrored box what color would it change to?

Famous Snarky Remarks…


“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

–Winston Churchill


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Control of malaria with
genetically modified mosquitoes…

. Anopheles
Could this new bio-engineered
bug save millions of lives?

Find out here.

A prehistoric brew..

Fossil Fuel

fossil fuel

Aged for 45 million years? Now there’s a beer that is brewed from yeast isolated from prehistoric
amber that is about 45 million years old.

Dr. Raul Cano of San
Luis Obispo, California,
has done extensive research on amber from the Eocene period. In 1995, he
isolated and revived a bacterium from the gut of a bee encased in amber
(petrified tree sap). During his research, Dr. Cano isolated a few yeast
strains that resembled the modern Saccharomyces
similar to the yeast we use every day
for brewing and baking. Essentially, Dr.
Cano isolated the long lost ancestors of modern brewing yeast. That same yeast strain is used in the production of the new brew known as “Fossil Fuel.”

Amber was first studied in 1856 and yielded 163 species of ancient plant life.


More than a century later, amber came to the forefront again with the
advent of gene sequencing and cloning. A 1982 paper by entomologist George
Poinar explored the potential for extracting DNA from preserved creatures. The
paper caused a stir in the scientific community and inspired Michael Crichton
to write his best-selling dinosaur-cloning novel, Jurassic Park ,
which came out in 1990 and was followed by a blockbuster movie.

Perhaps the isolation and revitalization of organisms from amber will someday be more than just a novelty. Could new antibiotics derived from ancient DNA be more effective having never been exposed to resistant organisms? Researchers like Dr. Cano keep exploring the possibilities that are entrapped in the tiny time capsules of amber.

Seeing is Believing?


horse or toad

Which do you see…horse or toad?


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”



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Wisdom to ponder…


Nelson Mandela
Became the president of South Africa in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.
Born: 1918

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are
many more hills to climb.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
change the world.”

“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing,
whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the
triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who
conquers that fear.”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than
the way in which it treats its children.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us
will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again
before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling
for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is
always ripe to do right.”


July Toon

You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here for a daily Rubes cartoon.

Marxist Philosophies

Groucho Marx

“This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas…
How he got in my pajamas, I’ll never know.”

~ Groucho Marx

couch potato

are the future leaders of America

Advice from the Founders…


“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

– James Madison

The “Father of the US Constitution”