VIRAL DISEASES: H7N9 BIRD FLU China is undergoing its worst epidemic of human cases of H7N9 bird flu since the virus’s discovery in 2013, some 460 cases between last October and February of this year.
ALZHEIMER’S IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE? There’s one particularly striking takeaway from the latest paper strengthening the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease might result from infection: The beta amyloid proteins long accused of being the chief villains,
COITUS COUNTING If you have assumed, on the basis of news stories about recent papers exploring ancient and modern human DNA, that scientists have now determined that anatomically modern humans and Neandertals mated 3 (or
Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and life’s hard knocks Search “concussion” in the media and you’ll come away thinking hard knocks to the head are chiefly a problem for kids and football players (or kid football
RIP ScienceOnline, cave art in Indonesia is as old as European cave art, how human were Neandertals?
This just in: RIP ScienceOnline (#scioX) ScienceOnline, which for the past few years has run the small annual meeting in North Carolina that brought together a disparate bunch of scientists and science groupies, most of
Giant virus, contamination, Svante Pääbo and the Neanderthal Genome, and Sydney Brenner on funding and scientific publishing
That giant virus OK, sure, I know, Pithovirus, that giant virus they thawed out of the 30,000 year-old Siberian permafrost, is a pathogen specific for amoebas, blah blah blah. But I can’t help wondering
Were Neanderthals a Different Species? It’s no longer news that everybody except (most? some? SEE FOOTNOTE) Africans possesses a bit of Neanderthal DNA. And it really is just a bit; the latest two studies,