Archives for November, 2010

A few weeks ago, I read an article in Wired talking about an amazing new project led by E.O. Wilson: an all-digital, not-for-profit textbook called Life on Earth. It looks amazing, and it’s going to be offered to K-12 schools for free. Neil Patterson, director of Life on Earth with 50 years of science textbook…

Implications of the immune response

I started writing this post before I read ERV dissecting some “the immune system is perfect” BS. Go read hers, then come back if you want more. Now that I’ve gone through the basics of a typical immune response, I think it’s necessary to point out some of its many flaws. In many of the…

[I’ve been hooked on the immune system since I was a kid and my dad showed me electron micrographs of macrophages eating bacteria in Scientific American. Now that I’m in graduate school studying immunology, and macrophages in particular, my dad asked if I could give a play-by-play of an immune response. Here you go Dad:]…

Viruses are tricky buggers – they force their way into another organism’s cell and hijack its machienery to utilize for their own nefarious purposes. This is clearly pretty harmful for the host so there’s been pretty strong evolutionary pressure to develop ways to stop them or slow them down (hence the immune system). But in…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] I was trained as an Environmental Scientist long before I was at all interested in Microbes. So, I get excited when I come across microbial studies that are environmentally relevant. I get particularly nerd-cited when these studies take place in the ocean. A paper published in PNAS last…

If you’re in the Boston area, come see me (and two other awesome grad students) give a talk on microbes, especially the ones that live in you and on you. We’ve got everything from fecal transplants to whether bacteria can make you fat or not. Come out to Armenise amphitheater at the Harvard Medical School…

A lot has been said, written, and discussed about the recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill has been capped but the damage remains. The Gulf of Mexico has now become the feedstock of several battles, fierce and feeble, in the legal, political and scientific realm. What battles you say? It’s what…

A while back, ERV had a post about the tenuous link between Vitamin D and all sorts of effects on health (and I shamelessly co-opted her title). Then, PalMD dissected the spurious link between Broccoli and cancer. Now it’s my turn: A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of…

[I’ve been hooked on the immune system since I was a kid and my dad showed me electron micrographs of macrophages eating bacteria in Scientific American. Now that I’m in graduate school studying immunology, and macrophages in particular, my dad asked if I could give a play-by-play of an immune response. Here you go Dad:]…

Hi ScienceBlogs… it is GREAT to be here! I just spent the weekend with many of the scientists whose research has comprised the bulk of my reading material (ie brain-biggering) over the last 1.5 years… yikes! I also got to meet many other young scientists hoping to make a career out of this crazy science…