Archives for July, 2006

Limits on information, continued

Good timing. Just Friday we were discussing limits on biological knowledge, particularly in regard to bioterrorism and the potential for information to fall into the wrong hands (or be used for the “wrong” purposes). Today, msnbc.com has an article discussing this exact issue:

I was busy over the weekend (and disgusted by the hot, nasty weather that will not die), so I don’t have a lot on tap for today. Luckily, though, there’s some interesting stuff elsewhere that’s already written up–thoughtfully saving me some of the trouble. I discuss the link between infectious and “chronic” disease with some…

Pediatrics really is a circus!

Check out the latest edition of Pediatrics Grand Rounds over at Ringmaster Flea’s Three-Ring Circus.

Saturday roundup

More fascinating topics I didn’t get around to:

Iowa solves the fuel crisis

It ain’t ethanol…

Chuck Darwin posed a very good question here that I’m spinning off into a new discussion. The work Taubenberger and others are doing on the evolution of influenza a century ago is fascinating and could very well be pertinent to prediciting future influenza virus genetic drift/shift, host-virus interactions, etc. However, I ask myself if the…

A reader sent me a link to this site, which contained a reprint of a story by CBS 47 in Jacksonville. Mostly, it was a repeat of the story I already discussed, but it added this tidbit of information:

Somehow I missed this story in the June issue of Science: …Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., said that RNA found in tissue samples from pneumonia patients who died in 1915 shows that the virus’s hemagglutinin–an all-important coat protein–is a subtype called H3. If confirmed, “that’s tremendously exciting,”…

So, over at the World’s Fair, they’ve put together an unofficial ask a scienceblogger: Are there any children’s books that are dear to you, either as a child or a parent, and especially ones that perhaps strike a chord with those from a science sensibility? Just curious really. And it doesn’t have to be a…

New story on Morgellons disease

Every couple of months, it seems, comes a new media story on Morgellons disease, a “mysterious ailment” in which Most individuals with this disease report disturbing crawling, stinging, and biting sensations, as well as non-healing skin lesions, which are associated with highly unusual structures. These structures can be described as fiber-like or filamentous, and are…