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What’s In A Name?

Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, November 30, 2006

With all the talk about E. coli, the Pundit hopes everyone paid appropriate respects yesterday.

November 29, 1857, was the birth date of none other than Theodor Escherich, a pediatrician who did pioneering work on the relationship of intestinal bacteria to the physiology of digestion in infants.

The full name of E. coli is Escherichia coli, and it is the most common member of the genus Escherichia, named for this German physician.

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