Tagged: arsenic

No Pain, No Gain: A History of Beauty Practices throughout the Ages - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 12, 2018

It wasn’t until I felt the sharp sting of lemon juice trickling down into my eye made me realise I had made a terrible mistake. Inelegantly slumped over the bathroom sink, I squinted through my tears at the woebegone girl in the mirror and vowed never to bleach my freckles again. Although only twelve years old, I … Read More

Another defeat for anti-fluoridation claims about arsenic - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 03, 2015

Anti-fluoride campaigners make a song and dance about contaminants, particularly arsenic, in fluoridation chemicals. However, a new study shows there is actually nothing to worry about – and, in fact, these campaigners should be more concerned with natural sources of arsenic, than with fluoridation chemicals. The study is: Peterson, E., Shapiro, H., Li, Y., Minnery, J. G., & Copes, … Read More

Academic publishing – are the winds of change starting to blow? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 02, 2012

Ages ago I wrote about the academic publishing model we biologists are subjected to*. Finally it seems as though the winds of change are beginning to blow. Here’s hoping a gale develops. Currently doing the rounds is a site where academics can pledge to take a stand against the giant publishing house Elsevier. The objections are: 1. They … Read More

Arsenic, Apples and Dr Oz - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 17, 2011

The Dr Oz show is a health related talk show, co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, which is sometimes criticized for promoting “health” advice which is not evidence based. Host, Dr Mehmet Oz, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University which perhaps lends undue credibility to some of his views. A recent show by Dr Oz claiming that apple … Read More

Follow arsenic life science "live" - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 26, 2011

Try following a research project on-line. Professor Rosie Redfield’s (UBC, Vancouver, Canada) on-line criticism of Felicia Wolfe-Simon’s proposal that a particular species of bacteria utilising arsenic in place of phosphate in it’s DNA backbone featured in early criticism of this work. Having obtained samples of the bacteria, Prof. Redfield is live blogging … Read More

Arsenic life – more criticism, formally published - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 29, 2011

Science magazine has lined up eight Technical Comments on-line in advance-of-print release, along with a response to these from the authors, that will stand alongside ’the’ arsenic life paper to be published in in print next week’s edition after a wait of roughly six months. With the exception of the accompanying editorial, these are all open-access. Read More

Fresh out: extraterrestrial life _not_ discovered! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 03, 2010

You can thank the rampant speculation caused by NASA’s press release for this blog post’s title1. [UPDATE: There’s now a lot of controversy over the paper, which a number of microbiologists says it’s not, um, terribly good…] Very, very tough little bacteria And the thing is, … Read More

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