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August 31, 2014

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10:31 AM | WHO Update & Timeline On Senegal’s 1st Ebola Case
    # 9022   On Friday we learned that a fifth African nation had been touched by the Ebola outbreak in Senegal Reports 1st Imported Case Of Ebola.  Initial details were sketchy, particularly concerning the timing of the index cases' arrival and diagnosis.   Today the World Health Organization has released an update that, unfortunately, shows this patient was symptomatic, and living with relatives in Dakar for several days before being admitted to the […]
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10:24 AM | Lighting up Wellington’s waterfront
For the last week, Wellington has been positively glowing thanks to the lux festival. This year I collaborated with artist Brittany Byrne to bring a touch of bioluminescence to the proceedings – rather appropriate given the genes that encode bacterial bioluminescence are known as the lux operon. Previously Brittany created Nimbus – a work involving [...]
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8:39 AM | Sprouts still suck, even with social amplification
I know lots about the social amplification of risk as promoted by Kasperson, et al., but I’m not sure the author a new paper examining that theory in Germany’s 2011 E. coli O104 outbreak involving sprouts does. Lots of risk … Continue reading →
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5:39 AM | 41 sickened with Salmonella at Michigan festival
Reading Summer Festival Days lasted from July 31 to Aug. 3, but the outbreak came from one event. “There were eight laboratory-confirmed cases and 33 probable cases” among the more than 250 people who attended an alumni reunion dinner Aug. … Continue reading →

August 30, 2014

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8:47 PM | Fail: Frozen food trucks in Taiwan
The Consumer Protection Committee (CPC) under the Executive Yuan said yesterday that 73 percent of frozen food trucks failed to meet standards based on the result of random inspections of logistics companies. This situation was first discovered in July, when … Continue reading →
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5:59 PM | Heroin’s Anthrax Problem
This may come as a total shock, but pure forms of illicit drugs can be hard to come by. Certain controlled substances are frequently adulterated, if not outright contaminated, by products that range from the household to the industrial to the pharmaceutical. Of course, some substances are more easily, frequently, and profitably adulterated than others: cocaine […]The post Heroin’s Anthrax Problem appeared first on Body Horrors.
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5:59 PM | Heroin’s Anthrax Problem
This may come as a total shock, but pure forms of illicit drugs can be hard to come by. Certain controlled substances are frequently adulterated, if not outright contaminated, by products that range from the household to the industrial to the pharmaceutical. Of course, some substances are more easily, frequently, and profitably adulterated than others: cocaine […]The post Heroin’s Anthrax Problem appeared first on Body Horrors.
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5:37 PM | A tale of salt and gender: participation of women in halophile research
Interesting paper on women in science of direct relevance to my work: Frontiers | Salty sisters: The women of halophiles | Extreme Microbiology.  I have been working on halophilic archaea for many years (since introduced to them in graduate school) and published papers on this topic (e.g., see The Complete Genome Sequence of Haloferax volcanii DS2, a Model Archaeon and Sequencing of seven haloarchaeal genomes reveals patterns of genomic flux and more coming). […]
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3:39 PM | Mesquite "A modular system for evolutionary analysis" v3.0 released from Team Maddison
Just found out about this on Facebook via Rod Page: Mesquite V3.0  has been released.  Mesquite is from Team Maddison (Wayne and David).  I have been using their software since 1987 when I took Stephen Jay Gould's course at Harvard and they were TAs for the course demoing an early version of MacClade.   Lots of nice features and it is available in Mac, Unix/Linux, and Windows versions.   They describe "What Mesquite Does" on their Wikispaces site in the […]
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3:22 PM | NIH Announces Revised Genome Data Release Policies
Just got notified of this by the UC Davis Med. School grants administration: NOT-OD-14-124: NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy.  Lots of interesting things in here including a summary of the comments that they received on the draft policy.I have copied some of the more interesting and relevant bits below:Sharing research data supports the NIH mission and is essential to facilitate the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures that improve human health. […]
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11:39 AM | PAHO/WHO: Epidemiological Alert On Chikungunya & Dengue In the Americas
    # 9020   While Ebola garners the bulk of the headlines, other serious disease threats like Chikungunya and Dengue continue their inexorable spread across the globe, infecting hundreds of times more people than does Ebola, albeit with a far lower morality rate.      For 2013, PAHO provides the following assessment for Dengue in the Americas:   In 2013, dengue behaved like a classic epidemic for the Americas region, with the largest […]
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9:55 AM | Referral: Mackay On The Expansion Of Ebola Into Senegal
Credit Dr. Ian Mackay VDU Blog   # 9019   In his blog overnight, Dr. Ian Mackay adds Senegal to his Ebola outbreak map, and makes an important point about the uniqueness of each disease outbreak, the human variables that drive them, and the danger of assuming that the public health responses of the past will always suffice in the future.   First a link to Ian’s blog, then I’ll be back with a comment.   The fifth I give you... Senegal. […]
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9:27 AM | Naked sushi is happening in Vancouver (that’s in Canada), and, yes, it’s what you think it is
Ever heard of nyotaimori? It’s the Japanese practice of serving sushi on a naked body. It’s real, beyond that one scene from the first “Sex and the City” movie. And, for a price, you can now have your sushi served … Continue reading →
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6:20 AM | 304 sick from Cyclospora in US, some linked to fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and federal, state, and local public health partners are continuing surveillance to identify and interview additional ill persons and to identify sources of infection. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal … Continue reading →

August 29, 2014

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8:11 PM | Poliovirus escapes antibodies
Antigenic variation is a hallmark of influenza virus that allows the virus to evade host defenses. Consequently influenza vaccines need to be reformulated frequently to keep up with changing viruses. In contrast, antigenic variation is not a hallmark of poliovirus – the same poliovirus vaccines have been used for nearly 60 years to control infections by […]
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7:13 PM | Was it the cabbage? 15 sickened by E. coli O111 linked to Minnesota Applebee’s; know thy suppliers
Green, whole head cabbage was the likely source of E. coli O111 illnesses traced to eating at Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota this summer, state health officials said Friday. Fifteen people were sickened by the produce, which was likely contaminated before … Continue reading →
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6:56 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Peter Bijl
My second installment in a series of interviews from the Netherlands is with geoscientist and climate change expert, Dr. Peter Bijl. He recalls constantly observing his surroundings as a child and questioning why he didn’t get to use his ice skates as much as his parents. This childhood curiosity translated to a career trying to understand how the Earth works. Read on to learn about how being a scientist is more than just being the smartest person in class, the role of chance in science, […]
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6:26 PM | Nature: 100% Of Ebola Infected Macaques Recovered With ZMapp
    # 9018     The wires are buzzing this afternoon with details on a freshly published study in the Journal Nature that looks at the outcome of 21 Ebola-infected Rhesus Macaques – 18 of which received the ZMapp monoclonal antibody cocktail. Incredibly, 100% of the treated monkeys – even those treated 5 days post exposure and already symptomatic – recovered.   First a link to the study, then I’ll be back with more.   […]
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4:00 PM | Kudos to Dr. Roizen's Personalized, Preventive, & Integrative Medicine "Focus on Women's Health" Conference #NoMoreYAMMMs
Quick post here as I have a bit of a cold.  I post a lot of critiques here about meetings that have bad gender ratios for the speakers.  But I do focus on the negative and am trying to also call attention to the good cases.  Well here is one: the 12th Annual Dr. Roizen’s Personalized, Preventive, and Integrative Medicine Conference with a focus on Women's Health.  And unlike the recent Ovarian Club meeting (see No Ovaries? Well this Ovarian Club Conference is […]
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3:16 PM | Don’t eat the bird poop ice cream
Yes, it’s gratuitous. But it is a Salmonella and Campylobacter risk.
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12:51 PM | Senegal Reports 1st Imported Case Of Ebola
UPDATED: 10:00 Hrs EDT   The AP is now reporting this patient is a young man who appears to have been the subject of epidemiological surveillance team who were doing contact tracing of Ebola cases in Guinea, but he evaded them and crossed the border into Senegal.  The patient sought medical care earlier this week in Dakar after falling ill, and told doctors he’d had contact with Ebola cases. His tests have come back positive for the virus and the WHO have […]
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10:10 AM | WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report # 1
# 9017   This morning the World Health Organization has released as 7 page PDF SitRep (Situation Report) on the Ebola Outbreak in Western Africa.   This comes one day after releasing their Ebola Response Roadmap, which calls for a massive international effort and nearly 500 million dollars to respond to the crisis.   A few excerpts from the report, but follow the link to download and read it in its entirety.     WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap […]
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9:16 AM | Rabies Rapid Transit System
Rabies virus hijacks the transport systems of neurons, manipulating axonal transport machinery to get to the central nervous system at maximum speed. Continue reading →
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8:59 AM | Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68
Credit CDC – Non Polio-Enteroviruses     # 9016   Local media reports (see Unusual respiratory virus strikes metro kids) from Kansas City, Mo. indicate that a rarely seen – and not yet well understood – respiratory virus called HEV 68 (Human Enterovirus 68) has sickened hundreds of kids in the region this week, and that the local Children’s Hospital is unusually at full census in late August. Without specifying the pathogen, […]
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12:40 AM | Study Finds Dogs Benefit Children With Autism
Children with Autism Benefit From Having a Trained Service Dog   Researchers at University College Cork (UCC) have said they can prove that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) benefit from having a dog, especially at a young age. Dr. Louise…The post Study Finds Dogs Benefit Children With Autism appeared first on Just Science.
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12:39 AM | Further Studies On Dog Emotions
The Study of Dog Emotions Has Come A Long Way In The Past Decade Does your dog have a wide variety of emotions? Most dog owners would say yes. Does he ponder the meaning of life? Probably not, but science is helping us get closer to understanding canine…The post Further Studies On Dog Emotions appeared first on Just Science.
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12:39 AM | Jealousy In Dogs – Just Like Humans Study Suggests
Researchers Release New Findings on Jealousy In Dogs   It’s long been assumed that jealousy is unique to humans due to the complex cognitive processes involved in such an emotion. Some studies have suggested that in order to feel jealous you need…The post Jealousy In Dogs – Just Like Humans Study Suggests appeared first on Just Science.
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12:37 AM | Kermit the frog takes the ALS ice bucket challenge
The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is getting more and more popular everyday. Many people already took the challenge. Just a little example for that are Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Lebron James and many many others. You can…The post Kermit the frog takes the ALS ice bucket challenge appeared first on Just Science.
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12:37 AM | Shark-Cat riding a roomba is better than anything you will see during shark week
Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block on Discovery Channel which features shark-based programming, real and fictional. Even though it is pretty interesting for shark lovers, we have found something for you too. Watch this Shark-cat riding…The post Shark-Cat riding a roomba is better than anything you will see during shark week appeared first on Just Science.
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12:36 AM | 10 Funny animal gifs
Everybody loves cute animal. Today we have decided to entertain you with few cute animal gifs, We hope you enjoy them: 1. The hugging dog   2. The jumping cat 3. I iz awake 4. Slapping kitty   5. Kitty playing with knife   Next page 6….The post 10 Funny animal gifs appeared first on Just Science.
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