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isolate (someone or something) from (someone or something)

To keep someone or something away from someone or something else. He's abusive, so of course he's trying to isolate Gail from the rest of her family. We need to isolate the healthy chickens from the ones that are sick.
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isolate someone or something from someone or something

to keep people or things separated from one another, in any combination. They isolated everyone from Sam, who was ill with malaria. We isolated the children from the source of the disease.
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Previous studies have found that PFGE is a good measure of genotypic relatedness between Enterobacter sakazakii isolates (3).
New cases of Mokola virus infection in South Africa: a genotypic comparison of southern African isolates. Virus Genes.
Isolates were tested for susceptibility at reference laboratories by using NCCLS methods (1).
A leg extension is the best single-joint movement with which to isolate the "quads," but the athlete can once again use the leg press as a secondary movement.
If the results hold up, the viral isolate should be useful in a number of ways.
carthami isolates collected from various agroclimatic zones and geographical regions of state of Maharashtra was attempted.
(12-14) However, little is known about the dissemination of these clonal isolates, although studies on the clonal profile of MRSA infections have been conducted in other countries.
In our study, 4 of 10 isolates were genotypes B and C, which are rarely found in psittacine birds.
Yet isolating the PHY chip alone does not totally isolate the node.
Since 1985, nonpolio enterovirus (NPEV) surveillance data on isolates reported from March through May in the United States have been used to predict the serotypes likely to be isolated during July through December, which encompasses the period of the peak enterovirus activity.
Typing was performed by SmaI pulsed-field gel electrophoresis as previously described (2), and the isolate was classified as the USA300 clone.
In two studies released last week, one group of researchers suggests that the most virulent immunodeficiency viruses may escape isolation and detection by current laboratory methods, while another presents evidence that a virus isolate thought to be HIV-2 is actually a contaminant from monkeys.
We thank Lee Davis for excellent work in recognizing the clinical isolate, David Chin and Anthony Kane for providing the clinical background and photograph, and Aine Martin and Helen Green for field assistance.
To identify the source of the new isolate, we compared the sequence of its hemagglutinin gene with those of H5N1 viruses isolated since 2003 in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia (Figure 2).