Infectious Thoughts

Will new antibiotic Teixobactin save us all? Umm, not quite.

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 08, 2015

Researchers in Germany and the USA have just published a paper in the journal Nature describing a new antibiotic they have called Teixobactin (1). This study is good news; the World Health Organization warned last year that cancer chemotherapy and routine surgery will soon become life-threateningly risky because of the worldwide rise in antibiotic-resistant … Read More

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A gift for someone special

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 31, 2014

Regular readers may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet for the last month. I’ve been feeling ‘under the weather’, to use a common euphemism. In reality I’ve been through a really interesting experience that isn’t often spoken about in public. That must make it the perfect material for a blog, right? Right! Warning: I will mention the word vagina … Read More

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The science of Rudolf’s glowing nose!

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 24, 2014

Rudolf by Latharion This festive season AUT University Prof’s Steve Pointing and Allan Blackman released a marvelous little video explaining the science behind some of the unanswered mysteries of Christmas. How does Santa get to all those houses unseen in one night? And how does he get down the chimney? I’ve been sent the … Read More

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Skeptical Thoughts – acupuncture, Dr Oz & ‘aboriginal’ medicine

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 26, 2014

I now have a regular radio slot, called Skeptical Thoughts, with Graeme Hill on his RadioLive Weekend Variety Wireless show. Here are links to a few of my recent editions: Here, I do my bit for Acupuncture Awareness Week (revealing my own sordid history with acupuncture), talked about Dr Oz’s bad week on Twitter and was … Read More

Is Starbucks the USA’s “ground zero” for Ebola? Um, no.

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2014

With the abundance of very serious news stories about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, time for a little light relief in the form of “Dr”* James David Manning. “Dr” Manning is pastor of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in New York. He also presents ‘The Manning Report’ on YouTube which bills itself as “the news behind … Read More

Monday Micro – glowing bugs return to the park!

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 10, 2014

This Thursday, bioluminescent bacteria will once again be making an appearance at Auckland’s Art in the Dark festival. ‘Biolumination‘ is the result of my second collaboration with artist Rebecca Klee. This year sees our glowing bacteria being displayed in custom-built glass vessels which remind me a lot of the fishing lines our native glow … Read More

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