Just in time for college graduations comes a new book, “100 Science words every college graduate should know.” It’s an interesting browse. Others have mentioned it (and Chad even did a pretty nice breakdown of words by discipline); I just thought I’d add my two cents.
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I’m dealing with my own little epidemic (daughter managed to catch the stomach bug that’s been going around her school, meaning she has to miss her last day as a kindergartener, poor thing). I found one post in the queue that I forgot to publish earlier in the month, so today won’t be completely dead. In the meantime, allow me to point you to some excellent flu posts by DemFromCT at the Daily Kos:
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You’ve probably seen this floating around the other Seed blogs this week:
Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies?
I’m late to the game, but like others, my answer is “no”–with caveats. Elaboration after the jump.
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Busy today, so sequels are on tap. There’s an interesting story from Nature news that’s a nice follow-up to this recent post on how microbes can influence weight. More after the jump.
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Leftover from last week’s zoonotic diseases course: I do sometimes get away from the hind end of animals.
A new Grand Rounds is up over at KidneyNotes. Check out what’s happened this week in the medical blogosphere.
I was heading out, but first I just want to point y’all over to this excellent post of Janet’s regarding women and “nerd culture”.
Now I’m really leaving…
As pointed out yesterday, flu blogging has been light this month, even though there have been interesting developments. As such, to catch up a bit, I’m posting an overview of the current Indonesian cluster and some other thoughts below the jump…
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Species of the bacterium Clostridium have long been a scourge of humans. They are gram-positive, spore-forming bacteria that can be found in the soil around all of us. The spores then germinate when exposed to anaerobic conditions.
Clostridium botulinum is the cause of botulism, a serious and potentially fatal paralytic illness often caused by ingestion of contaminated foods. More recently, the bacterium has been used as the source of that anti-wrinkle miracle, BoTox: botulinum toxin type A, allowing all of Hollywood to smile without a wrinkly forehead (ah, the wonders of nature!). Clostridium tetani is the cause of tetanus, also known as “lockjaw“. In both cases, death is ultimately due to paralysis of the muscles that function in breathing. While antibiotics such as penicillin can kill the bacteria, by the time symptoms appear, it’s generally too late for such treatment: most of the symptoms are due to the toxins that these bacteria produce.
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I write a lot on here about evolution, and more about epidemiology. A recent article in Emerging Infectious Diseases discusses a unique combination of the two: 2,500-year Evolution of the Term Epidemic. I’ve said before that I’m about the farthest thing from a language scholar you can find, but it’s an interesting article tracking how the usage of the term has changed since the time of the ancient Greeks.