infectious agent

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Noun1.infectious agent - an agent capable of producing infection
virus - (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
pathogen - any disease-producing agent (especially a virus or bacterium or other microorganism)
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
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The genetic sequences will be sent via a secure cloud platform to be analysed, utilising bioMerieux's database and software, which will provide a customised report for the customer, identifying the infectious agent and the sequence-based genetic variations that would help in understanding its transmission.
These protocols will vary based not only on the BSL but the specific infectious agent.
In fact, prion--pronounced pree'-on--is a term coined in 1982 by Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner to describe the novel infectious agent responsible for scrapie, a transmissble neurodegenerative disorder of sheep and goats.
Each PathAlert Detection Kit is a reagent system optimized for the detection of a specific infectious agent.
The company believes that removing the infectious agent's protective lipid envelope exposes otherwise hidden viral proteins, thereby stimulating the body's immune system to elicit an enhanced response to the infectious agent.
Shu Chen, associate director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, explains why: "The current understanding is the prion is an infectious agent made up of an abnormal form of protein.
This patent covers a method of treatment that uses conjugated polyspecific antibodies, or antibodies that bind to more than one target, so that both the multidrug resistance gene product, as well as the antigens associated with the particular cancer or infectious agent can be targeted.
It is caused by an infectious agent known as a prion, a type of protein that is neither a bacterium nor a virus and is still poorly understood by scientists.
Another obstacle for the control of communicable diseases arises when the role of an infectious agent in a disease goes unnoticed.
Normally, when an infectious agent enters the body, `T-cells' respond by producing gamma-interferon.
An isolation waste category is sometimes made separate because of the body fluid carrying the infectious agent.
Today, scientists and physicians widely recognize the plausibility of infectious agent origins for chronic diseases.

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