JEDilworth bactitech at hortonsbay.com
Tue Nov 13 23:04:09 EST 2001

But what was really the point of all that animal suffering?  You don't
need to put Cryptococcus into mice to get it to grow or prove a point
that it's neurotoxic.  I would have believed it, if I were a student,
without the animal sacrifice.  I don't even want to know what you were
poking at mouse eyes for - and the rabbit stuff is really disgusting
(sorry Larry - I guess I'd never make it as a researcher).  One of my
fellow techs keeps rabbits in her basement as pets, and she'd probably
pass out if I ever related that story to her.

Cryptococcus grows very nicely on Sabouraud's Dex agar.  I have seen it
twice in spinal fluid specimens.  I don't know the patient outcomes.

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
Microbiology sans animal sacrifice

Larry Farrell wrote:

<gross torture snipped>

> Sorry, didn't mean to make anyone sick, but those were standard procedures in "the
> old days."  Those procedures are still used but certainly not in the vast majority
> of teaching labs.

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