Case Study 1 - John Xu 3/10/08 Battle of the Biofilms Part...

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John Xu 3/10/08 Battle of the Biofilms Part I 1. Legionnaire’s disease is similar to pneumonia and can cause fever, chills, coughing, muscle aches and headaches. It is caused by Legionella pneumophilia and can be transmitted through the air in the form of water vapor. 2. It is most likely that they were infected in the hot tub. I would sample the inside of the hot tub because the bacteria lives in warm water and it is possible that there is some residue left in the hot tub. Part II 3. The Direct Fluorescent Antibody Assay involves the binding of a fluorescein-labeled antibody to the surface receptor of a specific antigen. The fluorescent chemicals are attached to the constant region of the antibody. When the antibody-antigen complex is viewed under a fluorescent microscope, it will emit light. 4. The first images of water samples indicate that there was not enough bacteria in the water. It was necessary to swab the surfaces of the ship because biofilms are often attached to surfaces through the release of glycocalyx. The swabs show that the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course BIO 2900 taught by Professor Ghiorse during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Case Study 1 - John Xu 3/10/08 Battle of the Biofilms Part...

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