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There has been a lot of commentary this week about the GOP-led proposal to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Commentators such as Ezra Klein note the irrationality of this stance, since Planned Parenthood itself estimates it prevents more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions. Why wouldn’t the anti-abortion crowd support this increase in contraception,…

Silence is the enemy

“I always think someone is following me and wants to rape me. It is better to die.” –Darfuri refugee Sometimes there comes a public health issue that’s so big, so overwhelming, so heinous, that you just don’t know where to begin discussing it. Nevertheless, the conversation should, and must, happen just the same. Silence may…

For those of you following our “academic freedom” bill saga here in Iowa, you’ll be pleased to know that today was the last day for the bill to make it out of subcommittee, which it appears it hasn’t. Hector Avalos has an overview of the history of the bill, our response, and the results at…

Obama: end malaria deaths by 2015

Well, you certainly can’t fault Obama for aiming high. Via satellite, Obama announced at yesterday’s Clinton Global Initiative forum that he would provide support to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015–a lofty goal, but is it even close to attainable? Obama provided the basics of his plan here, laying out why he feels this…

Anthrax–still a mess

So, after almost a week of intense media scrutiny and finger-pointing at USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the FBI has now released its documents pertaining to the case, and declares that Ivins was indeed their man. However, a lot of unanswered questions remain–about the investigation itself, the whole…

The 2001 anthrax attacks: solved?

Real life work has once again stepped in, so I won’t have the Helicobacter posts up until next week. However, in the meantime, a big story has broken regarding the 2001 anthrax attacks–a potential suspect, and his suicide before he could be arrested. Will we ever actually get to the bottom of this? More discussion…

Smallmindedness in small towns

I rarely talk politics here, but I received this email from a cousin the other day: According to the Book of Revelations the anti-christ is: The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuassive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal…. the prophecy says that…

Better news from the art world

You may recall the case of geneticist Robert Farrell, who had been initially charged with bioterroism for sharing generally-harmless strains of bacteria with a colleague, SUNY-Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz. Farrell plead guilty to a reduced charge last fall and received a fine and probation. Now the verdict is in for Kurtz; more after the…

Via Razib, Obama on vaccines: “We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.” –Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Rally, April 21, 2008. and Clinton: I am committed to make investments to find the…

Early this week, grant application; yesterday and today, IRB and IACUC for another project. But once again, fellow Sbers are keeping me busy reading about stories I’d like to be writing on; see yet again Mike on E. coli O157:H7–everything old is new again; Ed on a new study showing yet again how amazing bacteria…