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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Thu 02 Dec, 2004 8:22 pm    Post subject: Just wait until they develop plate!         Reply with quote

I found this link while looking for new chainmail patterns to try. You'll have to scroll down to the bottom story to see it. Very thought provoking.

http://www.exn.ca/stories/2000/09/21/53.asp

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Sam Barris

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Dec, 2004 7:44 am    Post subject: Re: Just wait until they develop plate!         Reply with quote

Sam Barris wrote:
I found this link while looking for new chainmail patterns to try. You'll have to scroll down to the bottom story to see it. Very thought provoking.

http://www.exn.ca/stories/2000/09/21/53.asp


this is a T4 bacteriophage (bacterial virus) which is specific for the intestinal bacteria E.coli. It predates medieval knights by......say few million years, but it makes for a catchy title though Laughing Out Loud

for resistance against this phage, E.coli does not rely on cutting, chopping, or poking the virus, but rather develops mutations (changes) which prevent the phage from binding to the bacteria and injecting its DNA into it.

the structure of the phage's head is highly symmetrical and organized (picture attached). It protects/stores the phage's DNA while waiting got the next bacterium to come by. You can see how the "rings" interact with each other, hence the analogy to mail.

enough biology for today.

alexi



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