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One of the things I love about science–but that can also be frustrating–is that every new piece of information leads to a new unanswered question. We’ve learned so much about microbiology and human disease since the time of Koch and Pasteur, but in many other ways, we’re still at square one. One reason is because […]

Emerging Disease and Zoonoses #17–How now, mad cow

People make terrible jokes about “mad cow” disease. (“Why is PMS called PMS? Because mad cow was already taken.”) Pundits use it as an example of an over-hyped disease (and to be fair, estimates of total cases due to the consumption of contaminated beef in the UK have varied widely, ranging from a few thousand […]

News flash–condoms do help prevent HPV

Especially in religious circles, much has been made about the “uselessness” of condoms for the prevention of infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the virus that is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer, against which a new vaccine was recently approved (for more background, see this post). Approximately 20 million […]

Pneumonic plague outbreak

I blogged a few months ago about a case of plague (due to the bacterium, Yersinia pestis) in a woman in California. I’m still doing some reading for the promised post on Black Death, CCR5, and other topics discussed in the comments section, but in the meantime, I wanted to alert y’all to an ongoing […]