Archives for September, 2007

Facebook, for anyone unfamiliar, is a social networking site, a more organized and less gaudy version of MySpace. Originally started for college students, Facebook opened up to anyone with an email address earlier this year. You can post a mini biography, let others know what you’re up to, keep in contact with friends, upload pictures.…

You’ve heard about the depressing state of funding today in biomedical science. That’s only part of the reason why increasingly, graduate students and post-docs are looking outside of academia for jobs, as discussed recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Researchers today have access to powerful new tools and techniques — such as rapid gene…

Yes, you heard it here, folks. Is it any wonder that HIV researchers are so outraged by these people?

Carnivals and miscellany…

I’ve been terrible about submitting to and promoting fellow bloggers’ carnivals lately, so here are two to take note of: the latest Grand Rounds is here at Six Unto Me, while you can get your fix of ecology bloggin’ at the most recent Oekologie over at Fish Feet. Finally, if you’re looking for even more…

A good excuse not to wear neckties

…They make be spreading disease. British hospitals are working on keeping that in check by implementing a new dress code:

Vaccine by Arthur Allen

Regular readers may have seen me mention on occasion my father’s rather large family. My dad is the youngest of a family of 13 children–12 of whom survived to adulthood. Before my dad was born, he lost a brother to complications from infection with chicken pox; he had a severe infection and developed a fatal…

Are science blogs having an impact?

Do you have a few minutes? Care to lend you time by completing a short survey to help answer the titular question? [EDITED TO ADD: thanks! We reached 1000 survey responses in just about 10 hours’ time, so the survey is now closed…we really appreciate your participation!] This survey attempts to access the opinions of…

HIV denial: international flavor

Just a quick post to note that fellow ScienceBlogger Nick Anthis has up a post on HIV denial in South Africa. Though this is a topic I’ve touched on, he goes into a deeper history of it, including more about the cultural reasons for denial (whereas I typically focus more on the science). In other…

Clostridium Marys

Clostridium difficile is an emergent bacterium. A close relative of the bacteria that cause tetanus and botulilsm (Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulinum, respectively), C. difficile is an intestinal bacterium that can cause colitis. C. difficile has until recently been a fairly rare cause of disease, and then only typically within a hospital setting. However, the…

Searching for drugs in new places

I mentioned that it’s microbiology week at fellow Scienceblog Deep Sea News. Today’s post over there is on “bioprospecting” in the sea–looking for naturally-produced chemicals that we can harness for employment as drugs or other uses. For example: Over the last 20 years at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution we have developed a culture collection containing…