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Dr. Steven Tucker
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
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How many types of organisms are in your body?

How many types of organisms are in your body?

No one knows: It is estimated that there are between 500-1000 different species in the human gut alone. An interesting finding has been that obese people typically have less diversity in the gut microbiome compared with lean adults. In general, less microbial diversity in the gut is associated with more chronic disease. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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I was wondering what are some complicated diseases that are caused by organisms in the human body?

I was wondering what are some complicated diseases that are caused by organisms in the human body?

There are many: Tuberculosis from tubercle bacillus: Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease from the spirochete bacillus called treponema pallidum, tertiary syphilis can be very complex affecting all parts of the body. Schistosomiasis or bilharzia caused by parasitic worms: Malaria caused by the parasitic Plasmodium falciparum & spread by mosquitos. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
16 years in practice
14M people helped
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Dr. Thomas Knecht
Board Certified, Endocrinology
25 years in practice
5M people helped
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Why does our body not reject the insulin made from genetically modified organisms like bacteria?

Why does our body not reject the insulin made from genetically modified organisms like bacteria?

Similar structure: Hi the engineered insulins are VERY similar in structure to native human insulin. The human insulin gene is rearranged so that the engineered protein differs from regular human insulin by only 1 amino acid. The change is significant for how the insulin molecules behave at acid/neutral pH or how they fail to aggregate, but not enough to be recognized as different by the immune system. Fortuitous! ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Thomas Knecht
Board Certified, Endocrinology
25 years in practice
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Please explain why doesn't our body reject the insulin made from genetically modified organisms like bacteria?

Human insulin: Hi. Human insulin made by cloning the human insulin gene into bacteria or yeast is amino acid-for-amino acid identical to normal human insulin. In the fermentation process, the human insulin gene is purified away from ALL bacterial (or yeast) proteins, so all your body sees is a normal human protein. Engineered insulins (glargine, lispro, aspart, glulisine) have such minor amino acid changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
6 years in practice
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If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If they did not: Clean their hands and did not wear gloves, it is possible. If they did either of those, then the chances are tiny. Mrsa is something that is almost ubiquitous now, can pick it up anywhere and abscess or pimples often are colonized with it in already colonized individuals. All that being said, it is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
27 years in practice
10M people helped
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What organisms require food and proper environment for growth?

What organisms require food and proper environment for growth?

That would be all: All organisms, every living thing on planet earth, requires some form of food and a proper environment for growth, and for staying alive if no longer growing. Soe organisms can become spores or seeds, in a dried-up or dormant way, and don't need food umntil they sprout, hatch, or otherwise come back to life. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
27 years in practice
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What organisms are affected by taysachs?

What organisms are affected by taysachs?

Organisms that can: Organisms that reportedly can have a taysachs type of neurological disorder include dogs, cats, mice, deer, pigs, sheep, flamingoes, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Pain Management
21 years in practice
22M people helped
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What is the definition or description of: organisms?

What is the definition or description of: organisms?

See below: 1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body: the social organism. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
24 years in practice
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I had a culture and sensitivity test done and it came out negative with no organisms found. Should i just remove the IUCD?

I had a culture and sensitivity test done and it came out negative with no organisms found. Should i just remove the IUCD?

Not yet . . .: Not enough info. Why did you have C&S done? What was cultured? What symptoms are you trying to diagnose? What will you use in place of IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive device)? Discuss all these questions w/your Family Doc or GYN. ...Read more

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