Editor's Selection Icon A. baumannii does not mess around. As opportunistic pathogens go it’s pretty out there. An aerobic, gram negative, almost entirely antibiotic resistant (largely through passive mechanisms) bacterium that’s developing such a terrible reputation that it has picked up the nickname ‘Iraqibacter’, but that’s mostly because of the high proportion of A.
Last year I was told about a great film that had recently come out about the use of human cadavers used in science. I know its weird that this sort of thing interests me but I’ve come to terms with it.The film, Donated to Science, is a documentary style film following students of the Otago Medical School (University of Otago, New Zealand) through their first year of medical school and, importantly, their first encounters with cadavers and human dissection.
When we were discussing the ‘cities’ theme that’s running across all the SciAm blogs I didn’t want to take the easy route. Connecting cities and disease is pretty easy, I could look at plague or cholera and be totally within the scope of the theme.
It occurred to me last year (while I was till blogging here and before I started here) that I write a lot about diseases but I’m on the verge of being hypocritical.
As a community here @sciamblogs we decided to each cover something chemistry related on each of our individual blogs to coincide with the World Chemistry Congress taking place in Puerto Rico.
The last post I put up was on narcolepsy and of course the opposite of a condition where you fall asleep all the time is a disease where you cant seem to fall asleep at all, insomnia.Unlike narcolepsy, which has been shown to have genetic and environmental triggers insomnia seems to have no genetic component.
Everyone knows what narcolepsy looks like from movies like the ridiculous display in Deuce Bigalow (one of the ‘adorable misfit bunch of suitors’) to other more subdued examples like Mike in My Own Private Idaho.
I was recently (well a few months ago at least) lucky enough to win a competition held by The Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide. The prize?
As I look down the list of amazing bloggers joining this SciAm network my guess is that I fall into the category of bloggers labelled "who's that guy and what’s he doing here?" Well, let me introduce myself.
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