Archives for July, 2008

An interesting new paper is just out today in PLoS ONE. You recall the announcement a few years back that soft tissue that resembled organic tissue had been isolated from a Tyrannosaurus femur. This started off a huge controversy in the field (and beyond)–researchers disagreeing with each other whether the structures seen were indeed blood…

Helicobacter pylori is, by bacteriological standards, a relative newcomer to medicine. Although its pathogenesis has been studied for only about the past 20 years, there are reports from as far back as the late 19th century of small, helical bacteria in the stomachs of some patients. Largely these anecdotal reports were relegated to the “hmm,…

Sex in Iowa, 2009

After this year’s meeting was cancelled due to flooding, both the Evolution of Sex and Recombination and the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meetings will be here in Iowa City next year, May 31-June 7. John and RPM will be there; I smell scienceblogger meetup…

For the jump haters…

Thomas asks in the comments: “More after the jump…” WTF? Why must people insist on using this trite, meaningless phrase? Don’t they know it immediately makes people hate them for using it? I’m pretty sure people know how to scroll down to see if the article continues. And when all that “jump” is is a…

As I’ve mentioned, this has been a busy year. In the span of 3 months, 3 small grants were funded; enough to keep me busy for the next year. Though my training prior to arriving here was almost exclusively in bench microbiology (mostly molecular microbiology/molecular epidemiology), I knew when I took my current job that…

Janet blogs her mammogram

So it’s not quite a colonoscopy on live TV, but Janet’s done the public health world a favor and blogged her mammogram. However, one commenter notes: How about a discussion of the ethics of this particular screening method since it’s fairly equivocal whether it’s actually worth the hassle and all the false positives in women…

Peppered with Salmonella?

Revere once again is the voice of reason regarding latest developments in Tomatogate (e.g., the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella, serovar Saintpaul). Has the source been identified?

In the field…

Back out swabbing today (noses this time, not asses). Heading out with 3 grad students who’ve never done field work before, so should be a fun day. Meanwhile, just got another manuscript submitted last night; that makes four currently under review with still a few other in draft. In the meantime, don’t feel [or feed--TS]…

“Sizzle” tries, but fizzles

So, as you’ve probably heard and read around here on Scienceblogs and elsewhere, filmmaker Randy Olson has made a new film about climate change. It’s billed as a “mockumentary,” and it’s certainly a mock…something. There are several nuggets of good stuff in the movie, but they unfortunately get lost in the distractions. More after the…

How about over a billion dollars in Cedar Rapids (where flooding affected 9.2 square miles–roughly 1/7th of the city) alone? City officials last night estimated the cost to clean up and repair or replace flood-damaged city buildings and other infrastructure at $504 million. In addition, the officials estimated that it would cost another $810 million…