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Tobacco-A Killer Turned Hero
Tobacco may soon have its nasty reputation replaced with a
more positive image-that of producer of health promoting products. This crop
may help keep the population healthy. Genetic engineers have successfully
introduced foreign genes into a variety of plan...
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Materials under Fungal Attack
Because of their enzymatic activity diversity, fungi threaten
the integrity of most commercial products. Any plant or animal derived material
can serve as sub strate for fungal growth as long as sufficient moisture is
available. Unfortunately, even many art...
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Radical Regimes against Syphilis
Before it could be cured by chemotherapy, syphilis also known
as the great pox was one of the world’s most feared and tragic diseases.
Because no effective treatment existed, one third of all syphilis-infected
adults suffered neurological deterioration and ...
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Surviving the Stomach
The stomach acts as a decontamination chamber and
its concentrated acid secretions from one of our best barriers against
infections. Some factors, however, reduce the effectiveness of the stomach’s
assault, thereby increasing the likelihood of a microbe’s s...
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Dying for a Cigarette?
Cigarette smoking has been unquestionably linked to fatal
respiratory disease. Seventy percent of all person s who die of respiratory
disease are smokers. Although many of these people die of lung cancer or
emphysema, infectious pulmonary disease commonly d...
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Modern Diseases for Modern Times
Fast food restaurants one of modern society’s symbiosis, have
compound an already serious infectious disease dilemma, that of widespread food
borne illness. In 1992, a major outbreak f a deadly illness erupted in four
western American states when hundreds o...
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The Hazards of Laboratory Microbiology
Scientific exploration
is not without hazards. Each year’s these explorers contract infectious disease
because of accidental exposure to pathogens in laboratories. Over 4000 cases of
laboratory associated infections have been recorded with more than 160
fat...
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