Chlamydia, Bitches & Rectal Gloves

So it’s been two weeks since I last posted – and the reason is sort of ironic. On the one hand, there’s not been enough in a week to tell you about, and yet I’ve been so ridiculously busy that there’s not been a spare minute to write in.

How does that happen?

Well, unfortunately, bacteriology and immunology remain the full-time focus of my degree. This means that there’s an extraordinary amount of work to be done and things to be learnt, but there’s so little of it that might excite the casual blog-reader. But I’ll be damned if I don’t try anyway!

The last fortnight has explored the cycle of pathogenesis, from infection to resolution, and identified the distinct habits of some fairly famous microbes: Salmonella, Streptococci, Mycobacteria, Staphylococci and Chlamydia to name a few. At first glance, that looks like a pretty scary line-up, but I’ve discovered that a great many species in these genera have preferences for non-human hosts. And, interestingly, different bacterial species often cause different diseases in different host species. Continue Reading!