*sniff* They grow up so fast...

Seems like just yesterday that I was watching (from afar) Ewen head off to grad school in journalism. Well, now he's making a splash in the latest issue of Nature, with a story on the potential for a dengue vaccine, and why there may be more of a market for it currently--largely because it's becoming a disease of the wealthy. Check out his Nature article, and read more over at Complex Medium.

More like this

...can be found over at UroStream, presented as a patient history. Clever. Don't forget also to send entries for Animalcules to Ewen by tomorrow--next edition will go live Thursday at Complex Medium.
The name "dengue" means "breakbone fever" due to the extreme bone pain it causes. The virus is a member of the flavivirus family, which includes the virus that causes yellow fever. Both viruses are arboviruses--viruses that are transmitted by arthropods. In the case of dengue and YF, the…
...is up over at Complex Medium, so head over there to check out the best posts on our abundant little friends from the past 2 weeks. Lots of good stuff, but as Ewen notes, it's a bit bacteria-heavy...where are all the virology folks out there, huh?
Dear Pa, I know you care deeply about many issues, especially social justice. You're tired of wars, you're ashamed of the attempts to destroy social programs in this country, you hate seeing the unions that helped you as a worker provide for our family get dismantled by wealthy CEOs whose only goal…

Oh, that's great! I didn't know he was at Nature now! I'm so out of the loop. I love Ewan's blog and have it bookmarked somewhere under a "people who went to grad school and abandoned their blogs but might come back and I need to check later" category. (It has a shorter name, though) But I forgot to check back, because I myself got too busy with my own grad school.

Ooh, trident, has the Scovill family also suffered with dengue fever? Do they have many of cases of this mosquito born infection in Southern California?

Trust me, it is not something you can ignore. I went through the aptly nicknamed "bone-break fever" as a kid in Venezuela. The un-lovely thing about it is that having it and surviving does not give you any kind of immunity.

A vaccine for dengue fever is a good thing. I guess I should go to my local library to read that issue of Nature.