Microbiology

Category archives for Microbiology

*sigh* Two years ago, this time, I was packing my bags for Antarctica. *sigh* As much as I would like to go back, I could never afford it… so I need to figure out how to get on one of these research teams working in Antarctica. See, abiogenesis, life on other planets– that is not…

Its like, instead of ‘Put a bird on it!’, scientists are like ‘Put a virus on it!’ Got cancer? Put a virus on it!  In constant pain? Put a virus on it! Addicted to cigarettes?  Put a virus on it!  Genetic disease?  Put a virus on it! Got acne? Put a virus on it! Propionibacterium…

The Evolutionary Consequences of Blood-Stage Vaccination on the Rodent Malaria Plasmodium chabaudi The concept of vaccination is, superficially, simple– Safely mimic ‘infection’ so your immune system learns how to fight a pathogen, without needing to get sick from the genuine pathogen.  Then if you are ever exposed to the real, scary pathogen, your immune system…

GMO bacteria vs malaria

WARBLEGARBLE!!! Fighting malaria with engineered symbiotic bacteria from vector mosquitoes. Malaria kills 1.24 million people a year.  Mostly babies under 5 years old. Malaria is becoming resistant to our drugs. We cant figure out how to make an anti-malarial vaccine. We can make GMO mosquitoes that are resistant to carrying malaria, but we dont know…

Frequent readers of ERV, or SciBlogs in general, are used to vitamin/mineral woo. “Megadoses of Vitamin C cures EVERYTHING!” “Vitamin D is better at preventing the flu than the VACCINE!” “Zinc cures the COMMON COLD!” What we are used to dealing with, is snake-oil salesmen looking to sell their particular bottled garbage to people with…

Me, September 1, 2011: Black Death not initiated by a plasmid? My money is on a moron. Phages can encode for gene groups called morons. I am not joking. These are viral genes that dont code for anything the virus wants, like structural proteins, or enzymes the virus needs– They are genes that make having…

What caused The Black Death? Its not only an interesting question from a paleomicrobiology standpoint, but of practical importance– While we have all kinds of technology here in 2011 that would have, no doubt, increased the survival rates of Plague victims in the 1400s, it would be more comforting to know exactly what caused that…

‘A dubious diagnosis’

Trine Tsouderos has done it again! She is a one woman, woo-fighting machine! She has taken on anti-vaxers. She has taken on Dr. Oz. She has taken on XMRV–>CFS. And now shes goin after a rare wooity– Chronic Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is real. The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes,…

HuffPo FAIL boat: Salmonella edition

Me: HAI GUYS! U NEED TO EAT GUD FUDS LIKE EGGS! EGGS ARE GUD AND CHEEP! LOL! YAY EAT EGGS U GET ABS LIKE ABS LOL! News: Salmonella outbreak in eggs, Massive recalls Me: FUUUUUUUUUU…… News: lol. But thats not the only reason I bring this up. SciBlogs ‘special’ friend, HuffPo, scavenged an article from…

Thanks to BleachGate, this is probably the first time many of you all in the Skeptical Community have heard about Crohns Disease (SPOILER: kid with Chrons gets booted from a ‘support’ forum for speaking out against woo-’treatments’). Crohns is an inflammatory bowl disease (IBD), where your guts do fun things like shrink until your bowls…