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October, 2014

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“Divide and Conquer”

The latin maxim ”

divide et impera”

(divide and conquer) was attributed to

Philip II of Macedon

, the father of Alexander the Great.

A close relative, the

maxim ”

divide ut regnes

” (divide and rule) was utilized by the Roman ruler


and the French emperor



The meaning of this phrase describes a military strategy to divide ones enemies into smaller and weaker units.

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Control Organisms

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Hardy offers a complete line of microorganisms to be used for quality control purposes. These organisms from MBL are available in a variety of formats. They are designed for use in the food, pharmaceutical, water, and clinical industries.


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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Why are they called buildings when they’re already finished? Shouldn’t they be called builts?

* Why are they called apartments when they’re all stuck together?

* If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?

* Why does sour cream have an expiration date?

* When the light went out, where did it go?

* Why do banks charge you a “in-sufficient funds fee” when they already know you don’t have any money?

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Wisdom to ponder…

Robin Williams

1951 ~ 2014

Beloved American actor and comedian

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

“Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.”

“If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”

“Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.”

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.”

Robin Williams high school

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  • Is celebrating its 34th year of serving microbiologists.
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  • Offers you detailed technical inserts, comprised of over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
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Micro Musings…








Native Tribes and Microbes:

A Love-Hate Relationship

Microbes are famous for causing harm to Native American tribes. When the first Europeans came to the shores of North America they brought with them syphilis and other diseases that the natives had never been exposed to before. Because the native people had never acquired immunity to these diseases, their introduction was much more devastating than any army could be to the native populations.

These days, however, microbes are restoring their reputation by helping anthropologists restore native artifacts and return them to the tribes to which they belong.


Mercury poisoning could be a

result of the repatriation of

Native American artifacts.


Before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), all artifacts of native origin were considered the property of the United States government, and were therefore placed in museums for the general population to view. Part of the preparation for these artifacts, which were often made of natural and perishable material, was to soak them in pesticides and heavy metals to preserve them. This was done with the belief that they would be safely behind glass, never to touch another human who wasn’t properly gowned and protected.

However, once NAGPRA was put into effect, these artifacts became the property of the tribes who created them. Beautiful feathered headdresses, hand axes, baskets, and more were being reclaimed by tribes across the country and used in the rituals and dances.

Unfortunately, they also brought with them mercury and arsenic that had been used to preserve them. The headdresses and masks exposed eyes, noses, and faces to those harmful preservatives, while axes and baskets allowed exposure to foods and hands. Because mercury can be readily absorbed through bare skin, this can lead to symptoms such as mild skin irritation, discoloration and peeling, or major health problems like kidney failure.

However, anthropologists have found a new solution to this politically charged problem. Some marine bacteria have the capability to digest mercury, turning it into a gas and leaving the artifact clean and safe for human use.

Traditionally found on the Indian coast, these microorganisms have been used in the industrial community to clean spills and manage waste. Over the past ten years, they have also been studied as a potential way to clean artifacts. This method has a lower cost and a higher efficiency than other methods of removing the heavy metals.


Bacteria have the


to detoxify

dangerous artifacts.


Six strains of

Alcaligenes faecalis

, three of

Bacillus pumilus

, and one

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

, among others, are being tested. A mercury-resistant plasmid present in these strains, discovered in 1972, confers the ability to create a volatile form of mercury, which is soluble in organic solvents when exposed to HgCl2.

This new application of bio-remediation is a cheap and effective way for anthropologists to safely return artifacts to the tribes of origin. Breathing new life into old traditions by returning artifacts to native tribes will restore the microbes’ reputation in this chapter of history.

Kate Mitchell

The Ebola Outbreak

1. How is the virus transmitted?
2. How long is it viable on a surface?
3. What are the symptoms?
4. How is it diagnosed?
5. What is the recommended specimen?
6. What is the proper protection equipment?


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Optical oddities…

What is it?

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“Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye ~


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Happiness is…

“Happiness is having a large

loving, caring, close-knit family…

that lives in another city.”

George Burns.

A Short History of Medicine

2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”

1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”

1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this                           potion.”

1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”

1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this                                   antibiotic.”

2014 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this                     root.”

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Our Optical Oddity for
the month (pictured above) is
a lawn after a lightning strike.