Health and Medicine

Metagenomics-finding organisms from their genomes - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 20, 2009

Scientists are surveying the genomes found in environments, a modern way to find what micro-organisms live there. There has been an explosions of "-omics" over the last decade. Metagenomics is the moniker given to genomic, or DNA sequence, surveys of environmental samples. Basically metagenomics involves researchers collecting DNA samples from, say, the ocean, beach … Read More

ACC and Sex - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 18, 2009

The Frog continues his series on ACC changes, complaining this time about the changes to the management of sexual abuse counseling. Interestingly, Frog is moaning about counsellors having to provide a DSM IV mental health diagnosis, which is odd, because they have always been expected to provide a diagnosis from DSM IV. These diagnoses are [...] … Read More

Open Science Sunday — 18.10.09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 18, 2009

Starting tomorrow, Monday 19th to the 23rd of October the world celebrates its first international Open Access Week. To celebrate, I have removed the brackets from my title. As stated in their website: Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication, and it’s gaining ever more momentum around [...] … Read More

Natural Health Expo(sed)? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More

Spam Journalism #61 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 14, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Don’t you just love it when headlines say the exact opposite of the main body of the article? Mobile phone cancer link charted Studies on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumors, vary widely in quality and there may be [...] … Read More

Sales-fest or science? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 14, 2009

Like many biologists and medical professionals, I'm disturbed by the plainly wrong and misleading nature of anti-vaccine and natural remedy claims I've seen. An advertised "Natural Health Expo" to be held this weekend in New Zealand has caused me to revisit how an earlier blog article on Crank ’scientific’ conferences suggested one simple test for … Read More