New Tangled Bank, and other must-read posts

The most recent edition of Tangled Bank, your one-stop science blogging carnival, is up over at Living the Scientific Life.

In addition, there are a few other posts I've been meaning to plug:

Nick on Texas House overturning mandatory HPV vaccination.

Burt at Panda's Thumb on Why you should care if cattle get fourth-generation cephalosporins and why doctors need to know about evolution (a takedown of this Discovery Institute essay).

And a nice follow-up to those: Mike on why antibiotic resistance matters.

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A few weeks ago, an FDA expert panel by a vote of 6-4 decided against the approval of the use of the antibiotic cefquinome in cattle. Unfortunately, I've heard through the grapevine that the political appointees at the FDA plan to overrule the expert panel and approve the use of cefquinome. The…
...high levels of resistance to cephalosporins and beta-lactam antibiotics are sure to follow. Sunday, the Washington Post covered the FDA approval of the use of cefquinome in cattle to treat respiratory pneumonia. The article provides a pretty good synopsis of what happened, so I won't summarize…
I've posted before about the possible approval of cefquinome in agriculture, and why this is a stupid thing to even consider. So some colleagues and I got cranky and wrote a letter to the FDA. Here's the letter: Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. Acting Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration…
The Union of Concerned Scientists is concerned again.  This time, they are concerned the possibility that a fourth-generation cephalosporin, href="http://www.intervet.co.uk/Products_Public/Cephaguard_Injection/090_Product_Datasheet.asp">cefquinome, could be approved for use in animal feed.…

Thanks for the shout out. The mandatory HPV vaccination is probably the only issue on which I'll ever agree with Texas governor Rick Perry.