March 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm #561243RPGMP3 Newsbot
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by Paul Durant
â€œNo luck,â€ said Emanuel Ashbel, his voice both muffled and echoing within the plague doctor getup. â€œThe chickens you vaccinated with McCadishâ€™s strain are showing symptoms.â€ He produced two vials of blood from his coat and handed them to the doctor.
Pasteur cursed, his own voice muffled by the gauze wrap around his mouth. â€œI had thought McCadishâ€™s infection would have been weakened enough to allow the body to immunize itself.â€ He took the samples and quickly prepared a glass slide for his trusty Chevalier microscope. â€œYou look preposterous in that outfit, by the way,â€ he said as he adjusted the focus to peer into the microbial world.
â€œDoctor, sick people come and go from this lab all day,â€ said Ashbel. â€œIâ€™m not taking any chances after Aimslee turned ill. If this outfit kept out the Black Plague, itâ€™s good enough for me.â€ He grabbed the mask and pulled it off. â€œSo, whatâ€™s it look like in there?â€
Pasteur stood up and offered Ashbel a look. â€œIâ€™ll need a more prepared slide to be certain, but I believe the McCadish strain did work â€¦ or began to. See on the right, the bacteria cluster in much smaller numbers, as if weakened. I believe that when we take a more detailed look, we will find that the bacteria that still show vigor are of a slightly different shape.â€
â€œSo, what do you think it means, Doctor?â€ asked Ashbel.
â€œWe starve bacteria by keeping it where it cannot feed,â€ Pasteur said. â€œBut perhaps this bacteria does not starve, but hibernates. When it finds a suitable environment again, it awakens and sets to work faster than the body can address it. If we could keep it weakened â€¦â€ He trailed off, then stood up suddenly and went to the rear of the room, with the racks of sample cultures growing in agar. He carefully examined the arrayed vials, not even noticing when Lula Morgan stomped in in her own hastily assembled protective gear.
â€œIs this where you two have been?â€ she asked. â€œIâ€™ve been trying to get in touch with you all day, but at this point I canâ€™t even find a courier who isnâ€™t sick. Iâ€™m losing money hand over fist with all this lost work.â€ She pulled off a glove and shook bits of dust out of it. â€œFind a cure for the workers, before we all go bankrupt.â€
â€œJe travaillais dÃ©jÃ sur ce problÃ¨me. La science mÃ©dicale est plus importante que vos caprices cupides,â€ Pasteur muttered under his breath.
â€œWhat was that?â€
â€œOh, Dr. Pasteur doesnâ€™t speak English,â€ Ashbel lied. â€œHe was just asking me what you were saying.â€
â€œOh, all right,â€ said Lula. â€œIn that case, you should tell him â€˜Je sais que vous parlez Anglais, Pasteur. Votre vie va prendre une tournure dÃ©plaisante si vous continuez Ã gaspiller le temps et l’argent de votre mÃ©cÃ¨ne.â€™ â€
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