Evolution of resistance–bacteria win again

I’m swamped today, so alas, nothing new from me. However, since many of you are newer readers, I thought I’d totally cheat and dig up one from the archives on antimicrobial resistance. This one I cross-posted to Panda’s Thumb where it received some decent discussion; it was also mentioned in a write-up of Panda’s Thumb […]

“Flesh eating” bacteria strikes Boulder

Necrotizing fasciitis (the so-called “flesh-eating disease”) is a rare manifestation of infection with the group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes, though occasionally other bacteria cause it as well). Apparently, it’s been a banner year for the infection in Boulder, Colorado. The Daily Camera (registration required) has the story: Sixteen months after University of Colorado physicist Eric […]

Another virus-cancer link

This time for prostate cancer. In a surprising discovery, researchers say they have found a virus in some prostate cancer patients, a finding that opens new research avenues in the most common major cancer among men in the United States. The virus, closely related to one previously found only in mice, was found in cancerous […]

Some posts from elsewhere worth checking out

A lot on my plate this morning, but if you’ve not seen these already from yesterday, check out Respectful Insolence, where Orac has a post on using chemical castration as a treatment for autism. Just when you think things couldn’t get any crazier… PZ also has a post drawing your attention to a statement in […]

Discussion of the Padian paper

As promised, a discussion on the paper, Heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in northern California: results from a ten-year study. First, let’s backtrack a bit and see what’s already been said, lest I repeat myself. The little summary below can also catch anyone up who’s not up to wading through 250-odd comments. Those […]

Wasn’t this a Law & Order episode?

New York man falls ill with anthrax Musician reportedly had contact with natural anthrax sources A New York musician has tested positive for anthrax that authorities say came from unprocessed animal skins used to make traditional African instruments. “The man poses no public health threat of transmitting anthrax to the community or the health care […]