Microbiology

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*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…

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…

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…