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August 17, 2014

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10:16 PM | Where did Ebola come from? Rooting the un-rootable
As with other emerging viruses, the manner in which Ebolavirus outbreaks appear seemingly from nowhere merely adds to their terror. What is especially intriguing about the current outbreak in West Africa is that it's the wrong virus in the wrong place: as a strain of Zaire Ebolavirus, we would expect to see this virus in central Africa. The modern way to answer the 'where did it come from' question is to compare the genomic sequences of different viruses, and this was one of the first things […]

Dudas G & Rambaut A (2014). Phylogenetic Analysis of Guinea 2014 EBOV Ebolavirus Outbreak., PLoS currents, 6 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24860690

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7:41 PM | Wind Turbines Pose Risk to Bats
The Drive for Green Energy We need sustainable, affordable and clean energy production to fuel the economy, and the drive towards more environmentally friendly energy production versus coal and peat burning energy production has seen a large number of wind … Continue reading →

Lehnert LS, Kramer-Schadt S, Schönborn S, Lindecke O, Niermann I & Voigt CC (2014). Wind farm facilities in Germany kill noctule bats from near and far., PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25118805

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7:41 PM | Wind Turbines Pose Risk to Bats
The Drive for Green Energy We need sustainable, affordable and clean energy production to fuel the economy, and the drive towards more environmentally friendly energy production versus coal and peat burning energy production has seen a large number of wind … Continue reading →

Lehnert LS, Kramer-Schadt S, Schönborn S, Lindecke O, Niermann I & Voigt CC (2014). Wind farm facilities in Germany kill noctule bats from near and far., PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25118805

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6:37 PM | DNA nets could be ‘ancient defence weapon’
DNA is essential to complex life – it is a complex set of instructions on how to build every protein in your body, from the signaling hormones in your head to the (unwanted) hairs on your feet. But the code of life for us could well be the code of death for pathogens invading our…

Robb C.T., Dyrynda E.A., Gray R.D., Rossi A.G. & Smith V.J. (2014). Invertebrate extracellular phagocyte traps show that chromatin is an ancient defence weapon., Nature communications, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25115909

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6:36 PM | Schizophrenia and the Twilight Zone
You are now entering the Twilight Zone. You may remember the television show, with it’s odd twists and turns, but for people with schizophrenia it means something just a little […]

Morris RW, Quail S, Griffiths KR, Green MJ & Balleine BW (2014). Corticostriatal Control of Goal-Directed Action Is Impaired in Schizophrenia., Biological psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25062683

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