Archives for August, 2006

The Loom goes micro

Carl Zimmer has a few excellent micro-focused posts that you shouldn’t miss. Yesterday the topic was new research demonstrating kin selection in amoebae, and earlier in the week, he wrote about Wolbachia, a fascinating bacteria that infects a large number of insects. (Those of you who’ve read Margulis’ “Acquiring Genomes” may remember that infection with…

oooh, ScienceBlogs has a hater!

10 Ways To Enrage A ScienceBlogs.Com Audience. A few of the better ones:

So, you may or may not be aware of the latest “challenge” to evolutionary theory–DI Fellow Jonathan Wells’ new book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.” Following in the footsteps of Tom Bethell’s “Politically Incorrect Guide to Science” (whose terrible chapter on AIDS I reviewed here), the book is just all shades…

Over at Unqualified Offerings comes this quip regarding analyst Kenneth Pollack: In Washington, he gets to write new articles, as if he were an epidemiologist and not Typhoid Mary. Whether you agree with the criticism or not, you have to admit it’s a nice turn of phrase.

Grand Rounds numero one hundred

As fellow ScienceBlogger Dr. Charles so aptly puts it, check out the veritable “orgy of medical goodness” over at The Examining Room of Dr. Charles.

The International AIDS conference is barely over, but already it’s getting results when it comes to working against stigma and combatting denial–and is receiving help from one U.S. politician. Stories after the fold…

I blogged previously on the potential of bacteriophage, viruses that infect–and often kill–bacteria, in treating bacterial infections that are resistant to our current antibiotics. This is an area that’s really just opening up, and while there is a lot of promise, there are also a significant number of obstacles. One thing I didn’t mention, however,…

Latest Mendel’s Garden

The latest issue of Mendel’s Garden, a carnival o’ genetics blogging, is up over at The Inoculated Mind.

NY Times on “infectobesity”

I’ve blogged several times on here about the connection between microbes and obesity (aka “infectobesity;” previous posts here, here, and here.). It’s an interesting area of study, with two general directions: investigating which of our gut flora (alone or in combination with others) affect our metabolism; and how other types of infections (such as adenovirus…

Since I’ve been tied to the computer this weekend, might as well take a break and do something a bit more entertaining than revising papers and books and preparing for the impending start of classes. Janet passed around the random quotations meme: scrolling through here and picking the first 5 that reflect who you are…