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2009-01-07 11:07:48

University and government researchers have linked a bacteria species commonly found in sheep to human illness, a report in a U.S. government publication says. The species, tentatively called Bartonella melophagi, has been found in women suffering from muscle fatigue and weakness, and even from a case of pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in the...

2009-01-07 08:55:51

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have produced the first link between a species of bacteria most commonly found in sheep and human illness. Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine at NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine, and NC State colleague Dr. Ricardo Maggi isolated the bacterium Bartonella melophagi from samples of human blood. B. melophagi is such a newly discovered member of the genus Bartonella it...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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