Category Archives: Public Health

Wyoming’s War on Microbiology

Well, they’re not calling it that, but this Wyoming law is definitely not going to make our water cleaner, or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (boldface mine): …the new law makes it a crime to gather data about … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Let Conservatives Be in Charge of Public Health: The Mike Pence Edition

I’ve discussed before how the policies of the Republican Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, led to an HIV outbreak (most of the infected also contracted hepatitis C). But that fucking numbskull seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the experience … Continue reading

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Carbapenem-Resistant Organisms Are Prevalent in Bangladeshi Environmental Samples–This Is Really Bad

We’re not going to be able to contain this (boldface mine): Carriage of the New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase variant 1 (NDM-1) enables drug resistance to move between communities and hospitals. In Bangladesh, we found the blaNDM-1 gene in 62% of environmental … Continue reading

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Why Open Access Matters

It turns out that Ebola, rather than being something never experienced before in Liberia, seems to have caused infections there previously (boldface mine): The conventional wisdom is wrong. We were stunned recently when we stumbled across an article by European … Continue reading

Posted in Public Health, Publishing, Viruses

I Have Your Genomics Killer App Right Here, Pal

When I first saw this TechCrunch article “Genomics Needs A Killer App“, I thought it was April Fool’s Day come early (an aside: how about funding the applied genetics we already know to do? Just asking). But in fact, it … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Eras Versus the Death of Silver Bullets

The type of antibiotic resistance you typically hear about in popular treatments is of the ‘ZOMG UR GONNA DIE11!!11′ type. In other, more grammatical words, we’re often discussing the evolution of organisms that are untreatable, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’). … Continue reading

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When the War on Planned Parenthood Makes People (Very) Sick

A few years back, when the rightwing assault on Planned Parenthood kicked into high gear, I explained why I supported Planned Parenthood: For the younger readers–and by younger, I mean those in their twenties–it’s hard to describe the AIDS-related paranoia … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Drugs, HIV, News Media, Public Health