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Disease Prone

Disease Prone

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

Peptidoglycan - The bacterial wonder wall

Quick, can you describe your grandparents? Staphylococcus aureus , or the Golden Staph, can and it is a single cell. If you couldn't you should visit them more often.

September 14, 2011 — James Byrne

Acinetobacter baumannii the most opportunisitic-ist pathogen you know

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.

September 7, 2011 — James Byrne

Donated to Science - Interview with Paul Trotman

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.

August 24, 2011 — James Byrne

Emerging infectious diseases and cities

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.

August 17, 2011 — James Byrne

My Fitness Experiment

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.

August 10, 2011 — James Byrne

Antibiotics are good for more than killing

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.

August 2, 2011 — James Byrne

Can't fall asleep? You don't want to read this then.

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.

July 27, 2011 — James Byrne


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.

July 16, 2011 — James Byrne

My Genographic Project

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?

July 6, 2011 — James Byrne
My New Home!

My New Home!

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.

July 5, 2011 — James Byrne

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Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial