μGnome’s first communication with the μGnom-i-nation

Welcome, fellow μGnomes; you who share a fascination in very small things that pack a punch well above their weight.

This posting introduces μGnomics, μGnosis and other topics gnominated by the μGnomination.

A few early musings were introduced previously under the title of Fascinella and Crazy Bug Hunters (Learning in the Fast Lane). Rest assured; there will be more of these. But first, we need to dwell a little on the derivation of μGnome, μGnosis and μGnominate.

μGnomes are a bit like the little guys that stand guard in your garden. They’re quite small, fare better in colder climates and like to be at the pointy end of things. You know that from the shape of their red hats. Just as the gnomes of Zurich are famed for their wisdom on financial matters – econ-gnomics, μGnomes have special wisdom in μGnomics; the behaviour of microscopic life.

Their wisdom allows the μGnomes special insight into the implications of microscopic forms of life for human infection; μGnosis. This is similar to diagnosis and prognosis, but with a focus on microbes.

So the term μGnomination, logically, is the process of naming and identification critical to the use of that special knowlege of microscopic life and its role in human disease.

We could have a lot of fun playing with words, generating neologisms and digressing into unexplored permutations of scientific English, but for starters we’ve got a bit of catching up to do. There are plenty of new words and phrases coming into wider use these days; so many that it can cause confusion. It certainly doesn’t help smooth & efficient communication.

So we’re in for quite a bit of fun.

Are you ready to μGnominate?

μGnome.

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