1. Literally two days later, she started feeling better and a couple weeks later, when they went to sample the bacteria that was there, they couldn’t find the C. difficile anymore. It was just gone. The only thing they had done was essentially restore her ecology, essentially like restoring a wetland.

    — Carl Zimmer wrote about a patient infected with the Clostridium difficile bacteria, which causes severe diarrhea and can frequently return, even when treated with antibiotics. The patient was treated with a transfusion of gut microbials from a healthy individual’s fecal material to restore the bacterial flora in her intestinal tract.

  2. fecal transplant

    carl zimmer

    medicine

    science

  1. Posted on 16 April, 2012

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    radiomint:

HIV Virus

Tomorrow: Science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the hunt for a ‘penicillin-like’ anti-viral medication. View in High-Res

    radiomint:

    HIV Virus

    Tomorrow: Science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the hunt for a ‘penicillin-like’ anti-viral medication.

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    wired

  1. Sodium chloride tattoo.
Tomorrow: Carl Zimmer, who curates a collection of science tattoos. (He also writes about science.) 
my tattoo (by megpi)

    Sodium chloride tattoo.

    Tomorrow: Carl Zimmer, who curates a collection of science tattoos. (He also writes about science.)

    my tattoo (by megpi)

  2. science tattoo

    carl zimmer

  1. Posted on 16 April, 2012

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    Tomorrow: Carl Zimmer on anti-viral drugs, fecal transplants and curating scientific tattoos.  [Aren’t you glad this is a picture of a scientific tattoo and not you-know-what?] View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Carl Zimmer on anti-viral drugs, fecal transplants and curating scientific tattoos.  [Aren’t you glad this is a picture of a scientific tattoo and not you-know-what?]

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