The Scientific Activist

Archives for February, 2010

Here We Go Again….

I don’t write much about the antics of animal rights activists these days, because while some of their activities have a very negative impact on the work of some scientists, they’re really just a marginal–albeit highly vocal–bloc that thrives on attention. Still, sometimes they need to be called out, and Janet of Adventures in Ethics…

The Open Laboratory 2009 Is Out

This year’s version of the science blogging anthology, The Open Laboratory 2009, is out and available from Lulu publishing. You can order it in paperback format or as an electronic download. Three cheers to editor Scicurious and series editor Bora Zivkovik for their great work in making this happen! For more, check out Scicurious’ announcement…

Last year, I wrote about a scientific controversy over the structure of the influenza M2 proton channel, particularly over the protein’s binding site for adamantane type anti-flu drugs. The Schnell/Chou model, based on solution NMR, had the drug binding to the outside of the channel, within the membrane (at a 4:1 drug:protein ratio). On the…