Archives for July, 2006

Gallagher gets it?

The name “Richard Gallagher” may be familiar to some readers. Gallagher is the editor of The Scientist, and last year, somewhat naively suggested that the evolution/creation “debate” was actually a good thing (you can find the text of his editorial at this site). Both PZ and Jason Rosenhouse took him to task for the editorial…

New Skeptics’ Circle!

Complete with Scooby Doo theme.

I wrote here that pili–long, filamentous surface molecules involved in adhesion and bacterial “sex”–had recently been discovered in gram positive organisms; pecifically, in group A and B streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus agalactiae, respectively), using a genomics approach. Though this publication is quite recent, this is a fast-moving area of research, as evidenced by two…

New Tangled Bank!

Check out the best science blogging from the past two weeks over at Salto sobrius. Included in the current carnival is a site that’s new to me, VirologyBytes, and in particular this post (well, podcast) discussing just what a virus is. Unfortunately, I’m at a computer without speakers at the moment, so I’ll have to…

Despite the fact that abortion is a public health issue, I don’t write on it much. It’s so emotionally charged, and I can only handle so many trolls at one time. However, regardless of one’s position on abortion, we should be in agreement that women shouldn’t be lied to at such a trying time–but it…

Brilliant!

Via EpiMonday comes an interview with epidemiologist and physican Larry Brilliant, who was tapped to be the head of Google.org (“the philanthropic arm of Google”) earlier this year:

I’ve mentioned previously the role, or potential role, that bats play in disease transmission. They have long been suspected, and recently identified, as hosts for the Ebola virus. (Whether they’re the main reservoir species and what–if any–role they play in transmission of the virus to humans remains to be determined). They’ve also been implicated in…

Martha, Martha, Martha…

Following this post about an outbreak of E. coli O157 at a daycare, I received a few emails asking thoughtful questions about food safety. One in particular asked about what food manufacturers are doing to keep their products safe, and what public health officials are doing to educate the public about how to properly handle…

New Grand Rounds!

Check it out over at Chronic babe.

SEED on the hygiene hypothesis

I’ve mentioned previously the “hygiene hypothesis”, but don’t think I’ve ever really discussed it. SEED writer Emily Anthes has a new article on the topic at the homepage.