The futile quest for the “perfect” breast

Over at Respectful Insolence, Orac discusses an article where a scientist has spent his days shut away, slaving endlessly over a data set–of pictures of topless models. Why? To produce the perfect boob job, of course–or as the article puts it, “to help Hollywood look even more perfect.” Great. Just what we need. According to […]

Attack of the killer amoebae

In another case of TV shows being prescient, abuzz here at other Scienceblogs is this story, which sounds like a bad B movie: ” 6 die from brain-eating amoeba in lakes.” The amoeba in question is a species of naegleria, which was featured on the medical drama House last year. According to the article: Beach […]

“Twelve Diseases that Changed Our World”

I asked yesterday what readers considered the most important diseases in history. This was prompted by a new ASM Press book, Twelve Diseases that Changed Our World, written by Irwin Sherman. As I mentioned, Sherman included many diseases readers expected–plague, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox, syphilis, malaria, influenza, yellow fever, and AIDS. He didn’t include a few […]

What have been the most significant diseases in history?

I’ll have a review up tomorrow of a new ASM press book, Twelve Diseases that Changed Our World. However, I’m interested first in what readers would nominate as the most important diseases in history. Sure, some are “gimmies,” but the author, Irwin Sherman, makes a few choices I’d not have considered. What would you include […]

Where’s the Discovery Institute when you need a defender of academic freedom?

So, after all the kvetching the Discovery Institute did over the Guillermo Gonzalez tenure denial case, why aren’t they rushing to the defense of one Steve Bitterman, a community college professor at Southwest Community College here in Iowa. The case is still developing, but what is known is that Bitterman was fired last week–apparently for […]

Group B Streptococcus: an introduction

One of the organisms I work with is the group B streptococcus, Streptococcus agalactiae (“GBS”). This is a relative of the bacterium that causes strep throat. Typically, GBS causes disease in the very young and older age groups; it’s one of the most common causes of meningitis in newborns, for instance. This has dropped some […]