Microbiology

Category archives for Microbiology

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…

We are fat. We are really, really fat. While some people are overweight/obese for very real medical conditions (thyroid issues, side-effects of medications, etc), the fact of the matter is, most of us just eat/drink too much crap and we live sedentary lifestyles. That doesnt mean that we actually acknowledge this. There is no shortage…

Viruses are going to save our butts.

Okay, no big shock to any of you– bacteria are becoming resistant to our antibiotics. One of the many enteric bacteria (cause kids to poop to death), E. coli, is racking up antibiotic resistance genes like theyre McDonalds Beanie Babies. What the hell are we going to do? Phage therapy. Bacteriophage are viruses that eat…

Microbiology and Abortion

RU-486, or mifepristone, was approved for use in 2000 in the US, for medical abortions. Shortly there after, something weird started happening. A handful of women who used RU-486 were dying from sepsis, caused by a really rare bacteria, Clostridium sordellii. Like, these women didnt have AIDS. They werent meth addicts or recovering from cancer.…

Infectious Molecular Clones

Astute ERV readers have noticed a couple of odd things about my research. 1- How the hell am I cutting and pasting bits of a retroviral (RNA) genome together? 2- How the hell do I have a (seemingly) endless supply of HIV-1 for my experiments? The answer to both questions is, infectious molecular clones! Short…

Bless their hearts. The Creationists over at Answers in Genesis are working their perfectly designed fingers to the bone. Blowing the Discovery Institute out of the water by not only publishing a for-realsies science journal (well, at least once), but also performing ‘semi-technical’ research! Darwin at the Drugstore? Testing the Biological Fitness of Antibiotic Resistant…

REPOST: Morons in Microbiology

This is a repost from the old ERV. A retrotransposed ERV I dont trust them staying up at Blogger, and the SEED overlords are letting me have 4 reposts a week, so Im gonna take advantage of that! I am going to try to add more comments to these posts for the old readers– Think…