As Chad mentioned, in our super-triple-secret Scienceblogs hidey hole, we’ve been kicking around the idea of writing posts on some basic concepts in our respective fields of expertise. However, after studying this stuff for years and years and years, it’s not always easy for us (well, OK, for me at least) to figure out what “basic concepts” would be interesting and useful to discuss here. I’ve written a bit previously on the difference between “infectious” and “contagious” disease, for example, but I can get much more basic than that. From those of you who commented here (and thank you for doing so!), I know many of you don’t have a background in biology, and maybe you skim over some posts because I lose you with jargon or terminology.
So, is there something that you’d like to have explained? I put micro and epidemiology in the topic because those are usually the two little sub-categories I place myself into, but obviously many of us here are biologists and know more than our narrow specialization, so if there’s some basic biology terminology or concepts that you wish someone would explain, I can do that as well. (Or alternatively, send it to the SB hidey-hole and pass it along to someone who might be more qualified to do so). Fire away!