Microbiology pioneer dies

Esther Lederberg dies at 83 Stanford University microbiologist Esther Miriam Zimmer Lederberg, a trailblazer for female scientists and the developer of laboratory techniques that helped a generation of researchers understand how genes function, has died at Stanford Hospital. Professor Lederberg, who lived at Stanford, was 83 when she died Nov. 11 of pneumonia and congestive […]

North Korea has more than nukes

I was just lecturing yesterday on streptococci, and discussing how the diseases caused by the group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes). This is the bacterium that causes diseases as varied as “strep throat,” streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, and necrotizing fasciitis (aka the “flesh-eating disease.”) It’s also caused historical epidemics of scarlet fever, a major scourge in […]

Animalcules and Pediatric Grand Rounds–call for submissions

It’s that time again. The November edition of Animalcules will go live this coming Thursday, and is being hosted by Andreas. Send your links to him (abaeumer at gmx dot de) by Wednesday, and go ahead and include more than one if you like since we missed the October round. Second, I’ll be hosting the […]