You can use standard methods for characterizing an unknown bug. i.e.
growth in various selective media and use of types of indicator media
to at least determine what it is not.
>> Regarding my first posting, as to whether or not it is possible to determine
> what an invading organism is without any prior knowledge about the organism
> itself (i.e. previously unknown to medical science). IS there a way to "nail"
> down the culprit without using antibodies. I would be grateful to hear from
> anybody with any good ideas.
>>>> please send any available info to
> James email "p92126 at cplab.ph.ed.ac.uk"
>>>>>> Compliments of the University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
James F. George, Ph.D. "Back off man, I'm a scientist"
Department of Surgery --Bill Murray
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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