A few must-read posts

Today is the kids’ last day of school, and just happens to be an early dismissal as well, so I’ll be busy with them and not tied to the computer this morning/afternoon. However, there are tons of good things to read elsewhere.

First, Orac has a long-awaited update on the Tripoli Six: the group of nurses and doctors accused of killing children in Libya by deliberately infecting them with HIV. The science exonerated them, but that didn’t change the court outcome, and I’ve not seen updates until now.

Next, Revere writes about the H7N2 influenza outbreak in Wales, reminding us (as as I’ve mentioned before as well) that we need to keep an eye on all emerging influenza viruses, not just H5N1.

I mentioned I briefly ran into Chris Mooney at the American Institute of Biological Sciences meeting I attended a few weeks ago. Chris was there with Matt Nisbet to give their “Framing Science” talk, which unfortunately, I had to miss to attend another lecture. But now you can catch it via YouTube and see what the fuss has been about. (Note: if you only read their Science article, the talk goes into a lot of what you probably wanted to get from that, such as more concrete examples and ideas for change).

Janet of Germ Tales has a new two-part series on suburban wildlife: their encroachment, staying power, and ways we’ve come to live with them or try and keep their population in check (including a nice overview of wildlife contraception). Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Jennifer of Cocktail Party Physics has an excellent post up on John Snow, cholera, and other related issues.

And finally, MSNBC has an article on one of the areas I touched on yesterday in this follow-up TB post: border crossing and security, or more accurately, lack thereof when it came to the XDR-TB patient, and what implications that has for our response plans and terrorism in general.

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