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Disease Prone

Disease Prone

To be sensitive or susceptible to disease. Exactly what this blog is.

Goodbye SciAm Blogs

I’m a little sad to be writing this but its come to that point. I have to leave the Scientific American network. I haven’t been asked to leave (as I thought I would) or lost interest in blogging, I just simply can not dedicate the time to do it properly and to a standard that I set for myself, so I am taking a break.I have been blogging (almost) every week since 2009 in various places and during that time I have been doing a PhD, getting jobs, getting married and now starting a family.Now that I have to finish my PhD thesis, while holding down a full time job, before I become a father in a few months it has become apparent that there is simply not enough hours in the day to dedicate to all my projects so job, thesis and baby round out the top three and until one of them gives I’m stuck.It is with great sadness (tinged with excitement and the good kind of terror) that I leave Scientific American and the amazing line up of bloggers I still struggle to understand how I was counted among.

April 25, 2012 — James Byrne

Bioengineering the bugs

“Probiotics” are an enormous field and even bigger market but and as interesting as they are an, arguably, more interesting –biotic is starting to gain traction as more innovative researchers explore its possibilities.

April 20, 2012 — James Byrne


Meliodosis is currently poking its head above the surface in Australia and is causing a few problems. This nasty little disease is caused by the bacterial species with my favorite name, Burkholderia pseudomallei .

April 12, 2012 — James Byrne

What the fractal?

As part of my job at RiAus I get asked to write the occasional blog about an upcoming event. I wrote this for an event that occured last week about fractal geometry with the amazing Prof.

March 28, 2012 — James Byrne

You should rub honey on your everywhere

Honey is awesome. I’ve found its best consumed when combined with nougat and wrapped in dark chocolate but I digress. Indulge me while I digress my way to diabetes Honey also has some pretty amazing properties, it's broadly antimicrobial and seemingly able to promote healing.

March 21, 2012 — James Byrne

Adelaide Fringe 2012

I am so super busy at the moment because someone decided, a long time ago, that Adelaide should do all of the things in March. We have car races, Fringe festivals, multi-arts festivals, my wife’s birthday :) The kind of thing you see during the Fringe.

March 14, 2012 — James Byrne

Disease Prone on FiSTChat!

A week or so ago I was asked to be interviewed for a videoblog called FiSTChat. I tossed it around my head as to whether or not I should do it but then I remembered it is my boss’s videoblog and so I said yes immediately.I’ve embedded it below but you should head over to FiSTChat to see the last 60 episodes!

March 7, 2012 — James Byrne

The bacteria in your belly Pt. 3 Disrupting the balance

In the previous two posts we have established how the microbiome is established and then the pressures the host puts on it to maintain a balance between the required functions and the commensal bacteria providing them.

February 29, 2012 — James Byrne

The bacteria in your belly Pt. 2 - Adults

In the last post I talked about babies eating poo how babies develop a gut flora. In this post I wanted to look at how that flora matures into adulthood.

February 22, 2012 — James Byrne

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