THE TETANUS VIRUS

"A Biological Trojan Horse"

 

 

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CONCEPTUAL LINKS:

The Art of War

Common Misconceptions

Exposure

 

THE STORY:

Lockjaw

A Poison, Unleashed

Communication Breakdown

Video Explanation

The Cowpox Solution

Tetanus Prevention

A Biological Warrior

Learning Machines

The Art of War

A Problem with no Solution

Communication Breakdown II

 

 

 

LOCKJAW

A Bacteria in Search of a Good Home

 

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Doing some research on the Brooklyn Bridge a while back, I learned John Roebling died of Tetanus.  I got a tetanus booster a while ago. What is it about Tetanus that requires periodic boosters?  In fact, what is tetanus in the first place?

 

 

A POISON, UNLEASHED

An Attack on the Nervous System

 

Common Misconceptions

 

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COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

The Shutdown of the Muscular System

 

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VIDEO EXPLANATION

 SOLUTION

 

Botchalism and Tetanus

 

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THE COWPOX SOLUTION

Edward Jenner:  The Father of Vaccination

 

Exposure

 

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TETANUS PREVENTION

The Need for Additional Booster Shots

 

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A BIOLOGICAL WARRIOR

Tetanus:  A Biological Trojan Horse

 

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LEARNING MACHINES

The Brain and the Immune System

 

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THE ART OF WAR

Biological Strategy and Tactics

 

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A PROBLEM WITH NO ANSWER

The HIV / AIDS Virus Escapes Solution

 

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COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN PART II

Fixing Communication Systems

 

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Georgian woman who cut off web access to all of Armenia

Do you remember this recent story:

"An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia, it emerged on Wednesday.

The woman, 75, had been digging for the metal not far from the capital Tbilisi when her spade damaged the fibre-optic cable on 28 March."

 

This, in itself, is an amazing story.

Communications were down for five hours.  That's more amazing, to me, which leads to a frustrating thought.

Billions of bits of information pass through these lines continuously.  They're severed.  A repairman comes to the scene, and very quickly the flow of data is returned.

 

 

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM AS A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Our nervous system is a "communication system", yet when there's a spinal cord injury, the victim is immediately declared paralyzed - for life. And there are millions of victims.

 

"According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people."