Month: February 2020

Euglenas

Euglenas

Feb 18th – Euglenas are very common aquatic creatures found in fresh water, salt water – and laboratory droplets. They are one of the most studied microscopic organisms! Euglenas possess the representative features typical of eukaryotic cells, such as a nucleus, mitochondria, golgi bodies, lysosomes, and vacuoles. But their most distinctive characteristics are a long …

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Campylobacter

Campylobacter

Feb 17th – There are many causes of diarrhea, from medications, to artificial sweeteners, to lactose intolerances, to chronic diseases, to parasites and viruses. But bacterial infections are one of the more common causes, and Campylobacter is one of the most common culprits. When physicians classify diarrhea, they wax expository with words like osmotic, secretory, …

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Ebola

Ebola

Feb 16th – Although the origins of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are unknown, the Ebola virus was first recognized in 1976 near the Ebola river in the Congo in Africa. You do not want to get Ebola. A short incubation period of 2 to 21 days presages symptoms which include fever, aches, sore throat, and weakness, …

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Copepods

Copepods

Feb 10th – Copepods are tiny aquatic crustaceans. There are about 15,000 species of copepods, and they may be the most abundant multicellular animals on the planet – even more numerous than insects! Their name means “paddle foot” and they are generally smaller than a grain of rice. A type of zooplankton (or “animal drifter”), …

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