Our MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) design draws attention to the increasingly serious issue of antibiotic resistance. Typically transmitted skin-to-skin, MRSA in its earliest form was primarily a "hospital-acquired" pathogen. However, it has now mutated into a "community-acquired" strain, characterized by excretion of a potent toxin which attacks the immune system and destroys tissues.

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It is important to note that resistant forms look the same as other bacteria except that they bear genes and products as demonstrated in our design by the "glow" around the mutant strains - which protect them from antibiotics.

Inspiration for this design was provided by APUA (Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics), an international organization dedicated to improving use of antimicrobials use and curbing antimicrobial resistance world wide. (

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For the "tie-in-the Petrie dish" set, this bowtie is part of our exclusive, ever-expanding BioBowª silk bow tie collection! With the help of our Bow-borne creative panel, we offer these awesomely adjustable, 100% silk, butterfly-winged, manual tying, coup de cravat! Thanks to Dr. Mark Dembert for afficianado specs and eagle eye, and to Dr. Timothy Overman for his continuing encouragment in the face of overwhelming obstacles ;)

100% silk 2.5" wings, 36" max length
Manual bow tie, no clip-on wimps!

Images are based on actual scientific images, and are made from highest quality, 100% silk. Designed to complement every wardrobe, from laboratory to boardroom, the patterns represent many of the most serious public health challenges facing our 21st century global community. And some are just for fun!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items is donated to research or education.

Need a unique gift? "Dear Dad, Couldn't resist this for your birthday. Not only is it appropriate to your line of work, it also goes with your infectious sense of humor. Hope your birthday is a wonderful one!! Wear it in good health. Love to the birthday boy, Jonna, Matt and all the little bacteria." (Thanks to the Cooper Family)

These silk bow ties make an excellent doctor gift idea, or medical school graduation gift, and are ideal for promoting health awareness.