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Infectious Diseases in Context [volumes 1,2] by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner

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The toxin, which can be ingested or inhaled, and which disrupts transmission of nerve impulses to muscles, is naturally produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Certain strains of C. baratii and C. butyricum can also be capable of producing the toxin. BIOMODULATOR: A biomodulator, short for biologic response modulator, is an agent that modifies some characteristic of the immune system, which may help in the fight against infection. BOTULISM: Botulism is an illness produced by a toxin that is released by the soil bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

It is recommended by the World Health Organization for use by researchers handling highly infectious organisms, such as Ebola virus. DNA FINGERPRINTING: DNA fingerprinting is the term applied to a range of techniques that are used to show similarities and dissimilarities between the DNA present in different individuals (or organisms). ELECTROLYTES: Compounds that ionize in a solution; electrolytes dissolved in the blood play an important role in maintaining the proper functioning of the body. DNA PROBES: Substances (agents) that bind directly to a predefined specific sequence of nucleic acids in DNA.

Ulations or specific parts of human populations, most often reported through statistics. DIMORPHIC: This refers to the occurrence of two different shapes or color forms within the species, usually occurring as sexual dimorphism between males and females. DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID (DNA): Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a double-stranded, helical molecule DINOFLAGELLATE: Dinoflagellates are microorganisms that are regarded as algae. Their wide array of DEMOGRAPHICS: The characteristics of human pop- INFECTIOUS DISEASES: IN CONTEXT xxxvii Glossary exotic shapes and, sometimes, armored appearance, is distinct from other algae.

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