Blogospherics – Recommended reads

What kind of deception of human subjects is acceptable? at Adventures in Ethics and Science

One of the key requirements that researchers conducting studies with human subjects must meet is that they obtain the informed consent of the participating subjects (or of a parent or guardian, if the subject is not able to give informed consent himself or herself). However, there are particular instances where giving the subjects complete information about the study at the outset may change the outcome of the study — namely, it may make it practically impossible to measure what the research is trying to measure. If these studies are not to be ruled out completely, doing them necessitates some amount of deception or concealment, which seems to be at odds with the need to establish informed consent….

Ask an Entomologist: Larva Migrans
at Bug Girl’s Blog

It’s not at all uncommon for strange skin conditions to be attributed to bugs, or bug bites. As an entomologist, it’s also not at all uncommon for someone to ask me to look at their weird skin condition, sometimes even when I really don’t want to.*

Today’s strange skin feature is Larva Migrans. Or, more technically, cutaneous larva migrans.

From Randy Olson: New Shifting Baselines Flash Video for Puget Sound at Shifting Baselines

Call for Submissions: Cabinet of Curiosities Blog Carnival
at Bioephemera

The most recent Cabinet of Curiosities, I think, is here, at Walking the Berkshires.


  1. #1 bug_girl
    April 9, 2008

    Thanks for including me! 🙂