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Use the Gram Stain
May 24, 2013 6:18 AM by Scott Warner
In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what Read More...
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A Tale of Two Smears
August 4, 2010 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
Two sputum Gram stains tell different stories. The first is loaded with white cells and Gram positive cocci, the blood plate overrun with staph. The second has a few white cells and mixed flora, and the plates show some staph colonies without predominant Read More...
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Teachable Moments
October 14, 2009 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
Much was made of the President's "beer summit" last July, a meeting between a black professor and the white policeman who arrested him, something the Wall Street Journal labeled a "teachable moment." Aside from wondering what kind of beer goes best with Read More...
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Calculations
September 8, 2009 6:17 AM by Scott Warner
Most of us aren't mathematicians. Well, I'm not. I've known people who are just better at "seeing" math than myself. I've always struggled to add a column of figures in my head, forget solving Fermat's Last Theorem . Which has been solved already. Just Read More...
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    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
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