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Archives for July, 2006

Interesting timing: former US National Cancer Institute director and current acting FDA commish Dr Andrew von Eschenbach is about to go before the Senate tomorrow regarding his nomination for the permanent position. You know that he was going to get reamed over FDA’s delay of over-the-counter approval for the Plan B emergency contraceptive, despite all…

After being prompted by GrrlScientist and Prof John Lynch, I took this test again remembering that I scored in the 79th percentile before we joined ScienceBlogs.com. The results page states further that, “it’s time to apply to MIT,” but after the Tonegawa/Karpova thing, I’ll stay with my land-grant state university-earned PhD, thank-you very much. If…

If posting frequency is any indication, regular readers might be able to tell that the last two or three weeks have not been the highlight of my life. And, thankfully for you, I’ve kept much of it off-blog because of the unique personal identifying characteristics than prevent me from being too honest here. But, let…

Reason creates silence

I very rarely post directly on issues of politics outside of science policy, biomedical research funding, or political interference in the scientific process. However, the came in last night from frequent Terra Sig commenter and all-around kool lady, Anjou: This is great… THIS IS A MUST WATCH… Here is a powerful and amazing statement on…

Welcome to our 2nd installment of The Friday Fermentable, Terra Sigillata’s Friday fun-blogging feature. You can read our mission statement at the original post last week, but the goal, briefly, is to celebrate the particular class of natural products that result from the yeast-based fermentation of sugars from grapes, malted barley, and any plant-based sugar…

This week’s ‘Ask A ScienceBlogger’ focuses on reports such as those in National Geographic and DailyKos that global warming is having, and will progressively have great influence, on wine grape-growing. The idea is that grapes grown for premium wine production are much more sensitive to climate than table grapes or many other agricultural products, making…

If you read any sort of science blogs, you may remember when Pharma Bawd at Moment of Science burst on the scene in Feb 2006 at with her pathway of metabolism of evolution information. Reading about enzymes like Respectful Insolence Discreditase and PZ Myers’ Professional Smackdownase literally had me peeing my pants (full jpg file…

There was really nothing more I could add last week regarding all of the turmoil at/about the US Food and Drug Administration in the aftermath of the much-debated survey results, as covered by my SiBlings and elsewhere last week. A good many of us have colleagues and former classmates who work at FDA and are…

Reading the paper this morning reaction to murder charges being brought against a New Orleans doctor and two nurses post-Katrina makes me want to read a little more into the facts of the cases. However, my SiBling, Prof Shelley Batts at Retrospectacle, points out correctly that the circumstances surrounding the delivery of health care in…

The Friday Fermentable

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Friday Fermentable, the end-of-week fun feature of Terra Sigillata. As I was on vacation and sick last week, I did not accomplish my goals of wine and beer tasting to share with you specific recommendations this week. So, let us take this week to explain our philosophy: The…