Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Rise of the Superbugs

Until the discovery of the sulfa drugs and the antibiotic penicillin in the 1930s, a simple bacterial infection could easily be a life-threatening illness. Even the most trivial cut or scape could be cause for alarm, should an infection occur. … Continue reading

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Concerning Zombies

I must admit I wrestled with the idea of including the topic of zombies in a science blog. I have always disparaged the public’s penchant to lend equal credence to supernatural and pseudo-scientific ideas, as it does to the results … Continue reading

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Scientific Ethics and the Flu

Since flu season is upon us, I thought it was timely to discuss a controversy that has recently arisen about proposed experiments on a particularly nasty strain of the flu virus. A group of distinguished virologists published a letter in … Continue reading

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