The Hot Zone - Study Guide Part 2, Chapter 5 Medusa Summary & Analysis

Richard Preston
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Tom Geisbert returns to work on November 27 and uses a diamond knife to cut his prepared specimen into slices about the size of a period on a page. The slices are suspended on a drop of water, lifted out on a tiny grid, and taken to the electron microscope. Each slice has many cells in it, and examining it under the electron microscope is like looking at the landscape from an airplane. He sees that the cells have been blown apart, and that they appear to be crawling with microscopic worms. Geisbert experiences what is known in this line of work as "the puke factor" when he realizes that the cells look just like those drawn from Peter Cardinal who had died from Marburg.

One of Tom Geisbert's first thoughts is that he and Peter Jahrling have been handling it without proper precautions...

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