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“World’s toughest bacterium” – Deinococcus radiodurans

Deinococcus radiodurans (Credit: TEM of D. radiodurans acquired in the laboratory of Michael Daly, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, USA. )
Deinococcus radiodurans (Credit: TEM of D. radiodurans acquired in the laboratory of Michael Daly, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, USA. )

The bacterium, Deinococcus radiodurans, is thought to be discovered as a contaminant in radiation-sterilized cans in 1956. The name of the bacterium comes from the Ancient Greek, i.e. deinos and kokkos meaning “terrible grain/berry”, and the Latin language, i.e. radius and durare, meaning “radiation surviving”. The bacterium is also known as Conan the Bacterium. Continue reading “World’s toughest bacterium” – Deinococcus radiodurans

Phantom Limbs

Introduction

A feeling that develops after the amputation of a limb in which removed limb is still felt to be attached to the body and performing its function is known as phantom limb. Nearly 60 to 80 percent patients have this type of feeling in their missing limb that is mostly painful. But this phantom sensation is not confined to the missing limbs only but it may also occur in other parts of the body after their amputation like removal of tooth leads to phantom tooth pain, whereas extraction of eye causes phantom eye syndrome. Continue reading Phantom Limbs

Morgellons Disease

Introduction

An unusual and not well explained skin disease that is associated with mysterious fibers originating from the sores on the skin. Morgellons disease is now commonly known as delusional disease. The sores are due to the obsessive scratching and the nature of fibers is not clearly known. Some say that these fibers are cotton threads that might come from the clothing or bandages. On the other hand, some people think that these fibers are due to some infectious process within the cells of skin. Continue reading Morgellons Disease

“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach – A review

Grunt- The Curious Science of Humans at War Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” is one of the best-selling books developed on the curiosity of Mary Roach. She has also written books (curiosities) including “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” – a best-seller having hilarious exploration of human cadavers. The book, a kind of investigative journalism, has humorously and compassionately described the world of military scientists and their struggle to make every combat more survivable for fighters and soldiers. Continue reading “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach – A review

Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” – A review

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is among the bestsellers in the U.S. Kalanithi was an Indian American and was the son of a doctor. He had almost completed his decade of training as a neurosurgeon. This was really a hard profession to do as doctors in this profession see the life, the death, and the worsening of life of patients, and all this lies in few millimeters of cutting. For example, few millimeters of wrong incisions by surgeons could result in huge problems in the life of patients. Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer and died at the age of 37 years. Continue reading Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” – A review