Forum Letters to the Editor
It was a great pleasure to see the 3D printing work highlighted in the latest Medicine at Michigan issue [fall 2018, “The Promise and Progress of 3D Printing” by Katie Vloet]. I think this work has already made and will continue to make a significant impact in medicine. I have enjoyed working with the many wonderful colleagues mentioned in the article and continue to work with them on many projects in 3D medical printing after moving to Georgia Tech.
Scott J. Hollister (Ph.D. 1991)
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Patsy Alan Dorris Chair in Pediatric Technology
Director, Center for 3D Medical Fabrication
Director, Tissue Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory
Just a correction for the article “The Hunt for a Bioterrorist” by Lara Zielin [fall 2018]. She writes that: “Terry Abshire spotted abnormalities while studying anthrax spores under a microscope.” Terry actually discovered the abnormal colonies of B. anthracis, or “morphotypes,” when she grew them on sheep blood agar plates, not when examined under a microscope. We look forward to reading Dr. Decker’s book.
Jennifer Chua (Ph.D. 2005)
Microbiologist at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Tunnell Government Services
R. Scott Decker responds: Dr. Chua is correct. The morphology variants are seen on sheep blood agar plates after an extended growth time and in the proper incubation conditions.