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Disease Prone

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

Eye movements give your dreams away

I recently got asked to cover a news story for COSMOS Magazine online. Go check it out. Even when asleep, portions of our brains associated with the planning and execution of a particular movement 'light up', according to new research into lucid dreamers.The study, published in a recent issue of Current Biology , used lucid dreamers - who can interact with and manipulate with their dream environment - to shed light on the mystery of our brain activity when we are asleep.

November 23, 2011 — James Byrne

Antibiotics with a side of steak

We’re in a sad and weird place in biomedical science. In the 1940’s we got penicillin, in the following 30 years another 13 different classes of antibiotic were introduced.

November 16, 2011 — James Byrne

Bacterial Toxins

Key to the development of disease in many bacterial infections is expression of a bacterial toxin. Toxins come in many shapes and forms but all have a pretty similar goal, to directly induce damage to the cells of the host.

November 10, 2011 — James Byrne

Could you go vegan for a month?

I didn't know if I could but I wanted to give it a try. I kept a diary which is below which some might find entertaining or funny in parts but was really only designed for me to easily follow what I was doing.

November 2, 2011 — James Byrne

Spook house sporotrichosis

This was previously posted on the 27/10/10 on my previous blog Disease of the Week. I have changed it up a bit but its essentially the same. It received an Editor's Selection then so I've left it on the post.

October 31, 2011 — James Byrne

Cerebral Palsy Challenger

I have been taking part in a fundraising drive raising money for people with cerebral palsy called ‘The Cerebral Palsy Challenge’. I have been wearing a pedometer for the last few weeks with the aim of walking the equivalent number of steps it would take to climb Mt.

October 19, 2011 — James Byrne

Ongoing fitness experiment update

It’s been a big two months. I got really sick for a few weeks limiting my running for a while and then I got a new job (which bring the tally to 4 jobs held concurrently…).

October 12, 2011 — James Byrne

MolBio Carnival #15!

It's that time again!!! Welcome to MolBio #15 hosted by me James Byrne at this place Disease Prone on the Scientific American Blog Network.Some very interesting submissions to this carnival so I encourage you to take a look!First up we have 96well from reportergene.com with their post on the generation of a synthetic plasmid and the trials and tribulations of finding the right supplier.Our second submission came from Ms.

October 3, 2011 — James Byrne

Hendra Virus

In recent months Australia has seen the lengths science will go to to control the potential outbreak of significant infectious diseases. At this stage, Hendra virus is not particularly infectious in humans but is very deadly and some important recent developments have led to increased concern in the scientific community.Hendra virus is named after the suburb Hendra in Queensland, Australia, where the virus was first detected.

September 28, 2011 — James Byrne

Scurvy Dogs - the ITLAPD edition

In honour of International Talk Like A Pirate Day (ITLAPD) I thought I would tackle the pirate's biggest concern (after other pirates, official Navies, reefs or anything else that was part of the pirate lifestyle), scurvy.

September 19, 2011 — James Byrne

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