Archives for January 2010

Sepsis detectives

A flurry of recent papers claim PCR methods can tell you the microbial cause of sepsis in a jiffy. Two recent review articles look at these claims a little more critically. µGnome concurs.

“swine flu” or pneumonia?

Ingram PR, Inglis T, Moxon D, Speers D. Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein in severe 2009 H1N1 influenza infection. Intensive Care Med. 2010 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print] When we were faced with an influx of ICU patients with H1N1/09 influenza, we wanted a more rapid method of distinguishing bacterial pneumonia from influenza to help […]

Malaria in gorillas?

You heard about the origins of malaria in chimps? Well know, there is evidence it’s in gorillas as well. Admittedly, this is just a whiff of a trace in gorilla droppings, but it does have the smell of Plasmodium falciparum. It remains to be seen whether this is a one-off or part of a […]

Life in liquids

Our most recent scientific paper highlights the survival ability of the bacteria that cause melioidosis (1). Medical microbiology places its emphasis on the behaviour of medically-important microorganisms in conditions in and around the human body. In the clinical lab we force bacteria to grow as rapidly as we can in nutrient-rich cultures at 37’C. We […]

New home for the μGnome

In the interests of  a better future for the μGnation, we’ve moved home. The removers came this weekend and did a beautiful job migrating the μhome to Priobe Net, where we will put down roots and establish a thriving colony close to our friends, the Priobiologists. We expect this will result in a rapid proliferation of […]