Grantville gazette V


The Home of Dr. Emery Ellis, M.D. (retired)



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The Home of Dr. Emery Ellis, M.D. (retired)

"Sorry about what happened to Daisy. A real shame that." Dr. Ellis shook his head.

"It's Daisy I wanted to talk to you about."

Dr. Ellis stepped back from the door. "Come on in, Dell. But I have to tell you, I've spoken with Dr. Shipley about Daisy's case, and there was nothing more she could have done."

"Yeah, that's what she told me. But that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about what it takes to make a vaccine."

Dr. Ellis guided him to a seat before sitting down himself. "I guess you really want to know about a tetanus vaccine, don't you? Well, generally speaking, once you can reproduce the bacteria in the laboratory, making a tetanus vaccine becomes a possibility. The trouble is, the bacteria are anaerobic, meaning that they live under conditions without oxygen. It's damn near impossible to culture the bacteria without developing some special equipment first. I hear Les Blocker is trying to do that, but he's not making a lot of progress."

"The vet? Any idea why he's not making much progress?"

Dr. Ellis shook his head. "Yes, the vet. Veterinarians actually know a lot about vaccines, Dell. The big problem is the lack of trained staff. There just aren't enough trained laboratory technicians. Come into the study and I'll show you what I have on vaccines and vaccinations."




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