Punctuation. n. the use of periods and other marks in sentences. From Latin punctus point or prick, punctuare to mark with points or dots; related to punctual, prompt; punctuality, exactness or precision; less closely to punctilio n. detail of honour, conduct or ceremony. In the language of infection punctuation is concerned only with the written form i.e. the genome, its corresponding proteome and their identifiable functions. These belong to the emerging field of omics (genome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome etc) which is awash with linguistic metaphors notably including translational science. (more on punctuation).
The 2014 Molecular Microbiology Meeting in Sydney, NSW, with reports on whole genome sequencing for bacteriology, emerging CPE in Europe, Vancomycin resistant staphylococci and molecular methods in sepsis.
Classical Greek and Latin laid a foundation for many of the terms in current medical currency. Much of this heritage harks back to the Greek writings of Hippocrates and the later work of the slightly less renowned Galen. Medicine has much to thank the classical era for. But the Greeks weren’t all sweetness and light. They had their darker moments, as readers of The Iliad know all too well.
The Micrognome’s highlights from 2013: a new home, global health & development, clinical microbiology teaching & training, eBooks and the last word on a few farewells.
New measures to protect Western Australians against shark attacks have provoked a wide-ranging debate about their likely impact on deaths, injuries and protected shark species.
Back story or back to basics? Our tale of a bad back, recently posted online by no less than the New England Journal, has a bit of background for students of microbial trivia. The Klebsiella that caused that specific infection had a collection of nasty attributes. This is the back story. For some years now […]