Early childhood exposures and a healthy life

I was busy over the weekend (and disgusted by the hot, nasty weather that will not die), so I don’t have a lot on tap for today. Luckily, though, there’s some interesting stuff elsewhere that’s already written up–thoughtfully saving me some of the trouble. I discuss the link between infectious and “chronic” disease with some […]

Limits on biological information–where do we draw the line?

Chuck Darwin posed a very good question here that I’m spinning off into a new discussion. The work Taubenberger and others are doing on the evolution of influenza a century ago is fascinating and could very well be pertinent to prediciting future influenza virus genetic drift/shift, host-virus interactions, etc. However, I ask myself if the […]

Sequencing pre-1918 influenza viruses

Somehow I missed this story in the June issue of Science: …Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., said that RNA found in tissue samples from pneumonia patients who died in 1915 shows that the virus’s hemagglutinin–an all-important coat protein–is a subtype called H3. If confirmed, “that’s tremendously exciting,” […]

Children’s books–the unofficial “ask a scienceblogger”

So, over at the World’s Fair, they’ve put together an unofficial ask a scienceblogger: Are there any children’s books that are dear to you, either as a child or a parent, and especially ones that perhaps strike a chord with those from a science sensibility? Just curious really. And it doesn’t have to be a […]

New story on Morgellons disease

Every couple of months, it seems, comes a new media story on Morgellons disease, a “mysterious ailment” in which Most individuals with this disease report disturbing crawling, stinging, and biting sensations, as well as non-healing skin lesions, which are associated with highly unusual structures. These structures can be described as fiber-like or filamentous, and are […]