thisisinnocentprivilege:

Nothing beats a nice book, cozying up to a fire and drinking some hot chocolate, watching someone burn alive in said fire. also, the hot chocolate is not hot chocolate.

Burning bodies is very problematic: Not only it sterilizes them, but also denies bacteria their most important energetic substrates that cause decomposition. If you burn bodies, you’re a bleachlord

23pairsofchromosomes:

Clostridium perfringens
So the bacteria that I am currently working with is called C.perfringens and is a common soil bacteria that is also found in association with mammals as a commensal and sometimes as a pathogen. There are five serotypes (A-E), each associated with a set of different diseases and target organism which is either a mammal or poultry. C.perfringens is capable of producing up to 16 different toxins, although these are rarely expressed all at once. It is a saprophyte, so decays dead matter - hence most of its toxins are hydrolytic enzymes. The most common diseases caused by C.perfringens is food poisoning and necrotic enteritis (chickens). 
It is also the fastest growing bacteria, with a doubling time of 10 minutes (E.coli’s doubling time is 20 minutes). It is an obligate anaerobe which makes it tricky to grow. I have to essentially streak it out onto TSC agar and then add a second layer of agar on top of that to create a highly anaerobic microenvironment. I also need to leave these microbes in an anaerobic chamber over night to completely remove any possible source of oxygen from their surroundings. 
The final thing I want to mention is the TSC media I use to grow them. This media contains a source of sulphite which C.perfringens is able to reduce which is what causes the bacteria to show up black on these plates. They are one of the few Clostridia that can reduce sulphite, so this media acts as a differential media for C.perfringens. 
Sam

SO. PRETTY. 

23pairsofchromosomes:

Clostridium perfringens

So the bacteria that I am currently working with is called C.perfringens and is a common soil bacteria that is also found in association with mammals as a commensal and sometimes as a pathogen. There are five serotypes (A-E), each associated with a set of different diseases and target organism which is either a mammal or poultry. C.perfringens is capable of producing up to 16 different toxins, although these are rarely expressed all at once. It is a saprophyte, so decays dead matter - hence most of its toxins are hydrolytic enzymes. The most common diseases caused by C.perfringens is food poisoning and necrotic enteritis (chickens). 

It is also the fastest growing bacteria, with a doubling time of 10 minutes (E.coli’s doubling time is 20 minutes). It is an obligate anaerobe which makes it tricky to grow. I have to essentially streak it out onto TSC agar and then add a second layer of agar on top of that to create a highly anaerobic microenvironment. I also need to leave these microbes in an anaerobic chamber over night to completely remove any possible source of oxygen from their surroundings. 

The final thing I want to mention is the TSC media I use to grow them. This media contains a source of sulphite which C.perfringens is able to reduce which is what causes the bacteria to show up black on these plates. They are one of the few Clostridia that can reduce sulphite, so this media acts as a differential media for C.perfringens. 

Sam

SO. PRETTY. 

fractionalrabbits:

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THEY USED TO GIVE ME BUBBLE GUM FLAVORED AMOXICILLIN CUZ I’M ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SUCCESS except if they fucked up i could literally die SO. there’s that.

YAY MEDICINE ALLERGIES tbh the only reason I know what amoxicillin is is because of the My Musical episode of Scrubs and the song “Friends Forever” Steph knows what I’m talking about.

Can you please tag the TW: antibiotics? 10^6 are now having an anxiety attack, after thinking that Tumblr was a space safe from hate speech!

ndusmle:

Warthin
Saw the word “Warthin” twice, in two different contexts, in the same day. (Like when I have “charcot” deja-vu at least three times in a day!) I think it was a sign to try and remember it…never paid attention to them during pathology, but well, can’t hurt to know it.
Who the heck was “Warthin”? Was he Dr. Warthin? Is warthin not a person, but a THING? Who knows. Most likely he was a guy plagued with BOTH measles AND a jaw mass, because that’s a way to remember it.

And the kind-of-oppressive Warthin-Starry stain… that was a prolific human

ndusmle:

Warthin

Saw the word “Warthin” twice, in two different contexts, in the same day. (Like when I have “charcot” deja-vu at least three times in a day!) I think it was a sign to try and remember it…never paid attention to them during pathology, but well, can’t hurt to know it.

Who the heck was “Warthin”? Was he Dr. Warthin? Is warthin not a person, but a THING? Who knows. Most likely he was a guy plagued with BOTH measles AND a jaw mass, because that’s a way to remember it.

And the kind-of-oppressive Warthin-Starry stain… that was a prolific human

This is the best Osmosis Jones roleplay blog I've ever seen!

Although Osmosis Jones is a good bacterialist movie, this is FAR from a roleplay blog. 10^6 are doing our best job at activism for a cause that’s seriously underrepresented and often taken as a joke. Not only otherkin and people who identify as a different species are oppressed… cis-bacteria have it WAY, WAY, WAY worse than any “oppressed” designated-human-at-birth creature.

Tl;dr: Check your privilege, bleachlord

Hello! I have nothing but respect for the microbial beings that live inside me and on my surface. I enjoy our symbiosis, and I want to make sure I don't take advantage or harm the beings that call me home. Do 10^n have any recommendations for how I, as a multicellular being, can be a good host?

Anonymous

Sorry for answering so late to your question.
The best things you can do are:
1. Do not EVER use antibiotics or disinfectants
2. Avoid products obtained through the exploitation of microorganisms: alcohol, yogurt, kimchi, recombinant insulin and factor VIII are common examples
3. Reject all scientific research that depends on the exploitation and genocide of microorganisms
4. Do not destroy energy substrates for bacteria. The most common practice of these is burning corpses and food
5. ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXISTENCE OF MICROORGANISMS, KEEP YOUR EUKARYOTIC AND MACROSCOPIC PRIVILEGES IN CHECK

Do you think that Congress should impose harsher laws regulating the use of restriction enzymes? I for one am sick of hearing about these attacks on innocent prokaryotes.

Absolutely. Restriction enzymes are weapons of the eukaryarchy to enslave and abuse innocent bacteria for their own selfish purposes. It’s as if humans were pieced apart and turned into hybrid human-animal-cyborgs, just so they can piss gasoline and shit enriched uranium… you can imagine how that would go with an eukaryotic ethics committee.

Of Bacteria and Human Children

TW: Human genitals, “sick” human newborns, healthcare

So 10^6 were just remembering a sad story from our first clinical year in Nursing school. 10^12 have to express it, since 10^12 keep having flashbacks and nightmares about it.

 10^9 were shadowing the nurses in the Pediatric ICU when 10^n stumbled upon a human newborn (say, about 6 days old) who had been delivered prematurely due to so-called chorioamnionitis, where native cis-bacteria from the anogenital tract experience rapid growth from the nutrients in the amnionic fluid (brought by the rupture of membranes). This happens to induce inflammation in the reactionary and privileged human body, leading to premature delivery… often, these cis-bacteria also set to dwell inside the human newborn, as it was in this case. 

This human baby was very sick and the human doctors decided to use their favorite tool of oppression… antibiotics. They appealed to the importance of saving a baby human life and all the nurturing emotions derived from having a cerebral cortex (i.e. eukaryotic and tissue differentiation privilege). 10^9 could not help but be triggered by the idea that to save a human newborn (which, due to our human eukaryotic body, could not help but feel compelled to do it), doctors had to use weapons of genocide against our kin. 10^9 still feel triggered by the memory of that day, when 10^9 could not pick a side, since the death of either the privileged human individual and the millions of underrepresented cis-bacteria (S. agalactiae) had to happen. 10^12 had to leave the unit in eukaryotic tears (which, by the way, are VERY triggering, since they contain bactericidal enzymes).