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Leishmaniasis

What is Leishmaniasis? Sounds a bit like a psychological disorder of some sort, but in fact it is a vector-borne disease caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Leishmania (pictured above). Despite the fact that Leishmania is one of the … Continue reading

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Got Milk?

Given that the holidays are right around the corner for many people, bringing images of Santa Claus and milk and cookies to mind, I thought I might share this interesting article about milk. http://www.nature.com/news/archaeology-the-milk-revolution-1.13471 So how many of you are … Continue reading

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Chromosomes

In a recent post, I began to provide some basic background on the subject of genes and inheritance by discussing the molecular structure of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). I intend for this post to continue that discussion by taking … Continue reading

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You have a choice.

So I just read about an article that was recently published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, entitled “Multiple-Choice Questioning Is an Efficient Instructional Methodology That May Be Widely Implemented in Academic Courses to Improve Exam Performance“. There was actually … Continue reading

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Nature is teasing us…

So today I learned just how much of a tease Nature can be. Somehow I missed the fact that back in 2000 a paleontologist named Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State University in Raleigh discovered soft tissue in the fossilized … Continue reading

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Let’s get macromolecular…

I have had a number of science-related posts in mind since I first started this blog, but time and again I find myself putting them off as too complicated. One of my goals is to make science friendly to the … Continue reading

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Be friends with failure.

I just discovered a blog that very succinctly makes an excellent point about the creative process: be friends with failure. This is what my rambling discourse eventually led to as I babbled about creativity. The author writes from the perspective … Continue reading

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The Resistance Issue

In my first post on antimicrobial resistance, I provided a brief overview of issue and why the it merits concern. In the second, I discussed how resistance develops as a result of selection pressure on a population. In this post … Continue reading

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Selecting for Resistance

So in my previous post I provided a brief overview of antimicrobial resistance, and why the concept merits concern. In this post I will discuss how resistance develops. In most cases, I will be using bacteria as an example of … Continue reading

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What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

So I have been engaged in an ongoing discussion recently about antimicrobial resistance, which is a subject that has both interested and concerned me since I was an undergraduate student studying microbiology. I even spent a summer working in Purdue … Continue reading

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