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Before writing Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Atlanta native Mark Pendergrast authored a history of another of the city’s cornerstone institutions, the Coca-Cola company, in addition to a history of coffee and two other books. Pendergrast graduated from Harvard with a degree in English literature before receiving his…

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste… Well, not really. I might have one of the two. Or not. Be that as it may, I’m Orac, and I blog regularly at Respectful Insolence. In the more than two and a half years I’ve been with ScienceBlogs (not to mention…

My name is Paul Offit. I’m the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and my published expertise is in the area of vaccine safety and rotavirus-specific immune responses. (I’m the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq). I’ve written a book about the vaccine-autism controversy titled AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS:…

Hello. Thanks for stopping by the ScienceBlogs Book Club. It’s my pleasure to introduce our next title, and the panelists who will be discussing it with you. Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, by Dr. Paul Offit, describes how the belief that vaccines might cause autism arose and…

Escherichia coli is a superstar of the microbe world. Like Zelig, E. coli has been on the scene of some of the most important discoveries of biology. For example, Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod deciphered gene regulation using E. coli’s Lac Operon. Roger Kornberg discovered DNA polymerase using E. coli. Even E. coli’s parasites (phages)…

To kick off this book club discussion, I want to explain how I ended up the past couple years obsessing over E. coli. If you don’t know much about E. coli, it may sound like a strange thing to do. But the time I spent in this microbe’s intellectual company was deeply enlightening. I came…

Welcome to the Club.

Hello, and welcome to the ScienceBlogs Book Club. This is a ScienceBlogs special feature: an online, round-table discussion of Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, by Carl Zimmer. Carl will be joined on the blog by three expert guests—Jessica Snyder Sachs, John Dennehy, and PZ Myers. Microcosm reveals how a common bacterium,…