Actually being at a conference soaking up so much of this stuff means, alas, not nearly as much time as I usually spend during the week actually reading the new literature in many of the areas I write about. Over at Effect Measure, as usual, they help to make up for that, by commenting on two new papers in Science and Nature that give one potential reason why human-to-human transmission isn’t occurring yet–but Revere notes it’s not quite that simple.
(More after the jump)
Continue reading “New H5N1 papers–the clue’s in the sugars”
So, much attention has been drawn to my comment pointing out that Rebecca Culshaw is a mathematician (well, isn’t she?), while my elaboration in my very next comment was ignored. So I thought I’d take some time to highlight this, and discuss the problems in general with arguments from authority.
Let me review a bit:
Continue reading “On expertise and arguments from authority”
So, I moved the malaria entry to another post–since all the comments focused on Culshaw’s post (noted in the first comment below), might as well have a more focused discussion on it. I’ll be back tomorrow with a somewhat related post, but until then, feel free to chat amongst yourselves.
…is up over at Science and Politics. Check out the best microbe-related posts in the past 2 weeks.
Get your entries to coturnix–contact info here. I’m still away and have less internet access than I’d anticipated–apologies, but next week will be back to normal.
Yesterday, as mentioned previously, was Dunk Malaria day. I’m on the road today in cold ‘n’ gloomy Atlanta so pardon the delay, but coturnix has a collection of posts here regarding the topic. Just spent much of the morning hearing about new strategies to control vectors (aimed mostly at dengue, but some ideas could extend to malaria as well) and learning about new malaria drugs (and resistance to old ones), so perhaps I’ll be able to put up an overview later in the week. I’m away until Friday, so blogging this week will likely be rather sporadic.
The Daily Transcript, a new Scienceblog, has a nice two-part post on the worst and the best parts of scientific life.
This is too cool.
One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers has conjured a fleeting moment in the life of a virus. The researchers say the simulation is the first to capture a whole biological organism in such intricate molecular detail.
The simulation pushes today’s computing power to the limit. But it is only a first step. In future researchers hope that bigger, longer simulations will reveal details about how viruses invade cells and cause disease.
Continue reading “Computer builds virus”
I swear this really wasn’t my intention, but I dunno–I’m a bit obsessed with these critters. I mentioned them here just last weekend. Yesterday, Josh over at Thoughts from Kansas blogged more about botflies, linking a video that had been passed around the Panda’s Thumb email list (and that even grossed out “Parasite Rex” author Carl Zimmer). Josh also has a bit of background on the flies and, well, more nasty stories to boot.