The microbiology of zombies, part III: “We’re all infected”

Warning: here be spoilers In many latter-day zombie movies, books, and TV shows, zombie-ism has a biological cause. In 28 Days Later, the infection is caused by the “Rage” virus, which escaped from a lab when animal rights activists break in and release a group of infected chimpanzees. Of course, one of the animals promptly […]

The microbiology of zombies, part II: ineffective treatments and how not to survive the apocalypse

(Spoilers. And things.) After the start of season 4 of the Walking Dead and the introduction of a new nemesis: a fast-spreading, deadly infectious disease that seems to be a strain of influenza, I was looking forward to the plot arc of this season. And then episode 3, “Isolation”, happened. From an infectious disease standpoint, […]

New sites!

As part of the recent move, I’ve been revamping all kinds of websites. I have a new Facebook site to aggregate all my research and writing projects, and a new personal website for an overview of everything that I do (and have done). Thanks to RO Design, I also have a new lab logo. Stay […]