Infectious Thoughts

What do Kiwis die of?

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

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What do you think Kiwis die of?

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 15, 2013

The inhabitants of NZ, that is, rather than our feathered and flightless friends! I’m trying to find out what people think those living in New Zealand die from. Will you tell me what you think? Please fill out this short survey and ask your friends and family to do the same. All will be revealed at … Read More

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Monday Micro: vomiting robots, oysters and the Ferrari of viruses!

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 07, 2013

Welcome to the first Monday Micro post for 2013. Hope you all had a lovely festive season. Here in New Zealand we are enjoying our summer holidays, unlike the UK which is currently in the midst of its ‘winter vomiting virus’ season. The agent responsible, human norovirus (HuNoV) is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, affecting all ages, … Read More

Outbreak of shellfish poisoning in the Bay of Plenty

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 19, 2012

In the last week, twenty people have been poisoned by eating shellfish collected from the Bay of Plenty shoreline according to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. They are calling it the worst outbreak ever seen in the area. Ten people have required hospital treatment and four people remain in hospital. Symptoms ranged from a tingling sensation … Read More

Animal testing back in the news

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 03, 2012

The press seems to be full of people frothing at the mouth over suggestions by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne that the manufacturers of ‘legal highs’ should be required to provide safety information on their products before they are allowed on New Zealand shelves. This comes on the back of the minister announcing a … Read More

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Credit where it’s due?

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 18, 2012

H/T to @MyBioTechniques for pointing me to a Chronicle article by Chris Woolston ‘When a mentor becomes a thief‘, which recounts a number of cases of junior scientists finding themselves left out of authorship when papers about their work are published. The peer reviewed publication is the currency of science and as a result all sorts of shenanigans go … Read More

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The Great NZ Science Project begins!

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 11, 2012

Today sees the launch of the ‘Great NZ Science Project’, a TV and web campaign that is part of the NZ government’s new $60 million National Science Challenges initiative announced earlier this year. Says Minister for Science & Innovation Steven Joyce: “We are keen for the public and the science community to tell us what they … Read More

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