Archives for March, 2007

I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the posts here at Scienceblogs or Panda’s Thumb about the Discovery Institute’s newest protégé, Dr. Michael Egnor. A professor of neurosurgery at SUNY-Stony Brook, Dr. Egnor has been pontificating on how “Darwinism” has nothing to offer to medicine; and indeed, that evolutionary biology has “hijacked” other fields…

Influenza season is wrapping up here in the United States, and it seems so far that the 2006-7 season was pretty typical. The first cases of the disease were reported in late October, and cases were sporadic throughout November and early December. After increasing a bit in mid-late December of 2006, outbreaks declined slightly in…

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is as old as civilization. The bacterium infects approximately a third of the world’s population–roughly 2 billion individuals. It’s estimated that 8 million new cases are contracted each year–around a new infection every second. ~2 million individuals die as a result of TB every year. The bacterium also plays a prominent role…

The week’s stories I missed

I have a host of collected links and one-liner posts that I hoped I’d get to this week, but just didn’t have the time for. So, rather than let them collect dust any longer, I’ll put a number of “greatest hits” in microbiology and public health from the past week or so after the fold:

Ain’t dead yet

Apologies for the blog silence again this week. Last week was a bit crazy and I’m still catching up for it. I have a write-up of last weekend’s evolution and intelligent design conference on the way, but before I attended that, I met up quickly for drinks and conversation with a few other Sciencebloggers. Left…

Latest Skeptics’ Circle

Check it out over at Scientia Natura.

When we think of the spread of antibiotic resistance between animals and humans, we tend to think of it going from Them to Us. For example, much of the research over the past 20 years on the sub-clinical use of antibiotics in animal feed has looked how this use of antibiotics as a growth promotant…

Nothing to do this weekend?

Just a reminder that there will be a symposium this weekend discussing evolution and intelligent design at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The event is geared toward those interested in matters of faith or science; teachers; principals; college students majoring in education, science and religion/philosophy; clergy; and parish educators. Scholarships are available for the first…

The most recent edition of Tangled Bank, your one-stop science blogging carnival, is up over at Living the Scientific Life. In addition, there are a few other posts I’ve been meaning to plug: Nick on Texas House overturning mandatory HPV vaccination. Burt at Panda’s Thumb on Why you should care if cattle get fourth-generation cephalosporins…

Margulis on HIV/AIDS

I was out yesterday, and as such missed Lynn Margulis’ blog tour stop at Pharyngula. For those who may not be familiar with Margulis, she’s a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was the one who pushed the (now accepted) idea that chloroplasts and mitochondria in cells came about due to symbiosis. In…