The Relationship between Microbiology and Disease

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The studying of parasites, bacteria, and viruses, plus their tolls on the human system, is known as microbiology. The many divisions of the microbiology study branch out, some lead into deeper study of parasites, parasitology, and others go forward in a field of viruses, called virology. Every microbiologist, however, has one common trait among jobs, their study of microorganisms in general.

Microbiology not only holds relevance to, but actually sports roots as a study of disease. Every one of microbiology's branching divisions, three main being study on parasites, bacteria, and fungi, treat a certain type of disease associated with that division.
For instance, fungi may be blamed for certain skin infections, bacteria for pneumonia, and viruses for the multitude of STDs.

While disease may stem from any one division, it is always transferred by way of elusive pathogens, miniature microorganisms capable of hosting disease. Microbiology, with functions including a study of the immune system, and that of the human being, targets these many disease causing agents in experimentation for cures or prevention. The ongoing struggle microbiologists take against epidemics such as AIDS or cancer, has led to many bright discoveries in the fields of science and health.

Medical microbiology has an especial connection to diseases and their agents, and a link between the human being and invading pathogens. A bond between the human immune systems and functions of various pathogens, as well as effects of pharmaceutical treatment against the microorganisms, is hoped to hold a key in preventing hundreds of ailments.

A period of total infection, the time between a disease's first impact and final neutralization of the responsible pathogen, opens numerous potential doors for the microbiology study. Understanding pathogen properties during the period of total infection has been a long sought goal of scientists. Microbiologists are uncovering more about the true nature of disease's harmful agents every day.

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