Introduction

"In health the blood, body fluids, and tissues are sterile" is asserted in an early 21st century edition of Sherris Medical Microbiology. Although a confident statement the matter has been one of recurring controversy throughout the past century as research groups led by Guido Tedeschi and Virginia Livingston describe a microbe of atypical form that is apparently intrinsic to blood. [1] However despite considerable effort this "blood microbe" had not been successfully cultured or its properties adequately defined through other means.

As this lack of success suggested the possibility of a life form extremely adapted to blood my approach was to investigate its properties in the "near-blood" environment of raw blood lysate. The following discussion is largely based on this work performed over the past decade; topics include:

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Thomas D. Detwiler (2016)