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The Virology of Christ

Aug 10 2010 Published by under Epidemiology, Medicine & Health

ResearchBlogging.org Now, this is just silly. Last month a case report appeared in the Virology Journal (not, I'll admit, my normal read). It had the following title:

Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time

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Are Zombie Vultures In Our Future?

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Only thirty years ago, tens of millions of White-rumped Vultures, Gyps bengalensis,
were flying the skies of Asia. They are now classified as Critically Endangered.
Image: Marek Jobda / rarebirdsyearbook.com [larger view]

This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for ResearchBlogging.org

A zombie is another name for The Walking Dead -- those who are lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment. But in an ecological sense, a zombie species no longer fulfills its ecological function because it is becoming extinct. This is a topic that I hope to explore further in another blog entry, but for now, today's zombie theme and vultures' delightful dining habits (they eat zombies) and my zombie icon have inspired me to focus on them.

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TEDTalks: Stephen Palumbi: Following The Mercury Trail

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There's a tight and surprising link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's.

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Great Microbiologists

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This is yet another Lego animation. This time, instead of recreating highlights of the World Cup 2010 games, this one shows highlights for the history of the field of microbiology. It's actually good enough to show as an intro to a microbiology course.

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TEDTalks: Seth Berkley: HIV and 'Flu -- The Vaccine Strategy

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Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

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LavaAmp: The Amazing Handheld Thermal Cycler

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Millions of people in the Global South suffer from neglected diseases, many of which could be treated, even cured, if they were detected early enough. But reliable, low cost diagnosis hasn't been available, as drug companies have no incentive to invest in the diseases of the poor. New pandemics can go undetected until they have spread out of control, like HIV, and treatable ailments can cripple impoverished communities because it is too expensive to detect them early enough to do something.

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TEDTalks: Bill Davenhall Says Your Health Depends on Where You Live

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Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geo-medicine."

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NYAS A/H1N1 Influenza "Swine flu" Symposium in NYC

Jun 04 2009 Published by under Epidemiology, Medicine & Health, Virology

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This is an overview of the NYAS symposium about Influenza A/H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak that I was invited to attend on 28 May 2009 in NYC.

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A/H1N1 Influenza Symposium Preparations ..

May 28 2009 Published by under Epidemiology, Medicine & Health


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The New York Academy of Sciences hosted a symposium yesterday in the World Trade Center that explored the latest findings associated with "swine flu", more correctly known as the A/H1N1 Influenza. This symposium was broadcast live as a "webinar" and is also being made into a podcast and streaming video (both of which will be available next week, and which I will be linking to). This photoessay shows some of the preparations carried out for this event. I am working on more substantive essays and they should be published here beginning next week.

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Where's GrrlScientist?

May 28 2009 Published by under Epidemiology, Medicine & Health

Because of my affiliation with ScienceBlogs and SEED Media Group, I am attending a symposium hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) that focuses on H1N1 Influenza [website].

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