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Genetic Linkage

The Crud: Viral or Bacterial?

January 16, 2013

Tags: flu, Staph aureus, MRSA, vaccine

A flu virus. (Credit: CDC)
My immune system is still on hyperdrive from what may have been the flu three weeks ago. I qualify my self-diagnosis because I never had a test to tell whether viruses or bacteria had invaded my body.

Iíve long wondered why such diagnostics arenít, by now, in routine use. Molecular biology was pioneered on the genetic details of bacteria and their viruses in the 1970s, and by now most of our pathogens have had their genomes sequenced. (more…)

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