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  •  Thanks wader for a rich edition. (6+ / 0-)

    Here is more news about Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) which illuminates why it eludes the immune system of mammals.

    (Personal note: boy howdy, I know about this and feel it every day right now.)

    Scientists have confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease—unlike any other known organism—can exist without iron, a metal that all other life needs to make proteins and enzymes. Instead of iron, the bacteria substitute manganese to make an essential enzyme, thus eluding immune system defenses that protect the body by starving pathogens of iron.
    From Johns Hopkins via Woods Hole.

    Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 09:56:24 PM PDT

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