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Posts tagged microorganisms

August 9, 2013

 

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Fecal Transplants, C-Diff, And Poop!

Doctors have been having remarkable success with a rather unconventional type of treatment: fecal transplantation.

September 24, 2012

 

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Yak The Yuk

How can dogs eat anything from homework to food wrappers and still be ok?

May 10, 2011

 

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Why Meat Stays Red: Myoglobin And Nitrites

Check any package of bacon, hotdogs, or cold cuts and chances are you'll find nitrites listed among the ingredients.

May 9, 2011

 

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Gunpowder Can Preserve Food

During the middle ages the invention of gunpowder had the unlikely result of providing a new way of preserving meat.

April 26, 2011

 

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How Antibiotic-producing Bacteria Avoid Suicide

The antibiotics help those microorganisms survive by attacking other bacteria competing for the same food supply... but how do they protect themselves?

October 29, 2010

 

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What Are Microorganisms And Animalcules?

Theories about invisible particles causing disease go back almost 2,000 years, but it wasn't until the late 1600's that scientists finally saw microorganisms.

May 18, 2010

 

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Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen And Slow Burning

You've probably seen things decay before. How does the process work?

October 6, 2009

 

A fridge stocked full of food.

Why We Refrigerate Fruits and Vegetables

Everyone knows you should put spinach and berries in the refrigerator, but how do cooler temperatures keep most fruits and vegetables from spoiling rapidly?

September 27, 2003

 

Killer Chlorine

If you’ve ever seen movies about World War I, you know that the soldiers in the trenches often wore bulbous gas masks that made them look like human insects. The masks were necessary to protect them from chemical weapons such as chlorine gas, a noxious substance that could almost instantly suffocate unprotected victims.

September 27, 2003

 

The Battle over Iron

We all know we need iron to live. How else would our blood carry oxygen to our lungs? And cells need iron in order to multiply. The problem is that our cells aren’t the only ones who need iron in order to thrive. Cancer cells and microorganisms like E. Coli and staph need iron too.

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