Archives for June, 2006

[From the archives; originally posted November 16, 2005] I know, everyone’s so sick of all the new “omics”es. But “metagenomics” is one that I don’t see going away anytime soon. At its core, metagenomics is a way of looking at organisms in concert as a complex ecology, rather than as an individual, as genomic analysis…

[From the archives; originally published November 18, 2005] Malaria is one of the world’s leading infectious killers. World-wide, almost 40% of the world’s population is at risk of acquiring this disease–many of them in poor countries with limited resources to control the disease. Each year, malaria causes 300-500 million infections, and up to 3 million…

[From the archives; originally posted October 27, 2005] Pili (singular: pilus) are bacterial organelles–thin tubes of protein that function in attachment and bacterial sex, as well as immune evasion. Traditionally, studies of pili have been carried out in gram-negative bacteria, such as E. coli and Neisseria species; very little was known about pili in gram-positives.…

On the road again…

It’s “vacation”–sort of. Thanks to the magic of scheduled posts, even as this pops up I’m probably somewhere in central Illinois at the moment. I’ll be in Ohio for a few days to play with my new nephews, and yet a third new nephew who was just born this past weekend. Then it’s off to…

Sunday’s New York Times has an article discussing the worldwide increase in diabetes: The number of people around the world suffering from diabetes has skyrocketed in the last two decades, from 30 million to 230 million, claiming millions of lives and severely taxing the ability of health care systemsto deal with the epidemic, according to…

Evolution by gene loss

Sometimes it’s amazing just how little we know about the microbes around us. For precious few microbes, we know a good deal about virulence factors–genes and proteins that, when present, increase the severity of disease either in animal models or in humans (or both). However, much of this research has been done investigating acute infectious…

This week’s Ask a Scienceblogger question is: “Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why?” Musings below the fold…

Fertile week for carnivals

Holy cow, they’re breeding like rabbits. RPM and Paul have set up a genetics blog carnival, Mendel’s Garden: So if you have posts about any aspect of genetics, send them on and let’s see what happens. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on June 15. Possible topics could include classical genetics(what ever that is),…

About two weeks ago, Cognitive Daily linked an article discussing

So, I see Janet started a “get to know you” post (with a “pi” theme). I’m busy today and was swamped all weekend (and as such, don’t have any more lengthy science posts finished), so…answers below the fold.