What’s it like to work an Ebola outbreak?

As another Ebola outbreak simmers in Uganda (and appears to be increasing), I recently was in touch with Zoe Young, a water and sanitation expert with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF*, known in the US as Doctors without Borders), who was working in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the DRC Ebola outbreak earlier this fall […]

Influenza meta-update: H5N1 spreading, new swine influenza virus found

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything on influenza. It’s certainly not that nothing interesting has happened recently–far from it, there are new stories on influenza out every day. Rather, there are just a lot of people out there covering it, and covering it well. However, it’s been an unusually busy few days on the […]

Fecal transplants to cure Clostridium difficile infection

In my field, many things that cause the average man-on-the-street to get a bit squeamish or squicked are rather commonplace. My own studies include two types of bacteria that are carried rectally in humans (and other animals), so I spend an absurd amount of time thinking about, well, shit, and the lifeforms that inhabit it […]

Presidential debates with an extra helping of science

Just a P.S.–if ignorance like Mike Huckabee’s comments on HIV/AIDS drives you nuts, check out what Chris and Sheril (among others) have put together, calling for real debate on science and technology issues by the presidential candidates: Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing […]

Discovery Institute bloviates. Again.

I mentioned that the Discovery Institute was in Iowa yesterday, accusing Iowa State University (and specifically, professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy) of conspiring against assistant professor Guillermo Gonzalez, an intelligent design advocate and fellow of the Discovery Institute. I was unable to attend, but Evil Monkey headed to Des Moines to cover […]