Microbiology

Turning MRSA’s Weapons On Itself

August 16, 2010

What infectious disease causes the most deaths in the United States? Most would probably guess HIV, or after last year’s H1N1 scare, influenza. But the deadliest infectious disease in our country is actually MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant form [Read more]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

July 6, 2010

Surprisingly, the scientific literature on Pyrodinium bahamense is pretty sparse – scientists have isolated and genetically transferred luciferin to a wide range of organisms, but the natural purpose of the plankton’s glow remains a [Read more]

Revenge of the Vaccines

April 30, 2010

It’s fair to say that vaccines haven’t had the best few years in terms of PR. The “anti-vax” movement of parents suspicious about potential side effects of childhood vaccines has grown in strength, despite numerous studies [Read more]