Adventures in Ethics and Science


Yeah, sure that plush Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme disease) is playfully cuddling the plush penicillin now. But can their friendship last?

(Actually, in light of the fact that penicillin inhibits transpeptidase in gram-positive bacrteria, and of the fact that Borrelia burgdorferi is gram-negative, maybe those two love-sick kids can make it work.)

Uttered by Dr. Free-Ride’s better half upon extracting the plush penicillin from the Christmas stocking: “I’m going to have to keep that away from my syphilis!”


  1. #1 PalMD
    December 26, 2009

    Props to MrDrFR for best line of the day.

  2. #2 J-Dog
    December 26, 2009

    CUTE! Santa must have know how good you were last year – congrats. We all look forward to you being just as good in 2010.

  3. #3 LindaCO
    December 26, 2009

    Love that!

  4. #4 Abel Pharmboy
    December 26, 2009

    We are geek parents. PharmKid not only received but actively asked for plush Epstein-Barr Virus (the kissing-disease virion has lengthy, full eyelashes) and Saccharomyces cerevisiae because of the cute bud scars.

    I learned from the tag that “enzyme” is derived from the Greek en zume, or “in yeast,” that refers to the power of the microorganism to create ethanol and CO2 from sugar.

  5. #5 Bushbaby
    December 30, 2009

    I enjoyed my fuzzy Giardia lamblia until my dog got ahold of it. Boy was that ugly.

    Enjoy the blog – thanks for all the useful info!

    Happy New Year!

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