It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a real vacation. Most of my “vacations” are spent traveling back and forth to relatives’ and friends’ houses, and this Christmas holiday has been no exception. After a jaunt to Ohio to visit family, I’m currently in the metro D. C. area visiting a friend, and hooked up […]

December Animalcules

Ho ho ho, and welcome to the early Christmas edition of Animalcules. Sit back, grab some hot cocoa, and click below to open your Christmas gift of some of the most interesting microbiology-themed blog posts over the past month.


Apologies. I scheduled this post to appear this morning, and it’s drawn a few comments. However, it also double-posted for some reason (we underwent an upgrade last night so things have been a bit wonky), and when I unpublished the duplicate, it also took the comments from the site. (I can see them here in […]

New Tangled Bank, Encephalon, & Carnival of the Feminists, and last call for December Animalcules

The latest Tangled Bank is up over at Salto Sobrius, a new Encephalon can be found hosted by Evil Monkey at Neurotopia, and the latest Feminist’s Carnival can be found over at the imponderabilia of actual life. And while you’re blog carnival-ing, don’t forget to send along entries for tomorrow’s Animalcules (aetiology at gmail dot […]

NY Times on women and science

After the discussion here and elsewhere in yonder blogosphere about women and stereotyping, Cornelia Dean in the New York Times writes about recent meeting aimed at helping women advance in science, where bias still rages. This fall, female scientists at Rice University here gathered promising women who are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to help […]

Tripoli Six update: found guilty

Libya to execute HIV medics (Previous posts on the topic) A court convicted five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor Tuesday of deliberately infecting 400 children with HIV and sentenced them to death, despite scientific evidence the youngsters had the virus before the medical workers came to Libya. The United States and Europe reacted with […]