Tagged: cholera

Raw Water? Ew! - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 09, 2018

‘Raw water’ – the latest foolish fad to hit people’s screens, pockets, & in some instances I’d guess their toilet paper expenditure as well. I first heard of this particular litre of woo when I read an article in the New York Times with the headline: Unfiltered Fervor: the rush to get off the water grid. Apparently getting ‘off … Read More

In defence of observational science - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 24, 2016

Kathryn Snow, University of Melbourne Would you volunteer to become vegetarian for the next three decades for the sake of science? What if you were asked to run at least 50 kilometres per week, or live through a natural disaster? Granted, these are extreme requests. Researchers conducting randomised controlled trials often ask volunteers to make far smaller … Read More

Monday Micro: glowing dog bones in Taranaki! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 29, 2014

From the Taranaki Daily News comes a story that is right up my street. Fiona Wallis gave her dog a bone and found it to be giving off an eerie blue light. What could it be? It’s most likely to be coming from bacteria so the questions people are likely to be asking are: what is … Read More

Not quite Monday Micro – which nasty microbes would you rank in the top 10? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

On Monday I was asked to go on the radio and comment on an article that appeared in the NZ Herald (syndicated from The Independent) entitled “What’s the world’s biggest health risk?”. The article lists an infectious diseases ‘Top Ten’ which looks like this: 1. Ebola – as of 23 July 2014, there … Read More

Monday Micro – smart viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 04, 2013

I’ve always loved bacteriophage, the spaceship-like viruses which prey on bacteria*. They really do look like something from another planet. Phage are abundant in nature, found everywhere, from soil and water, to the guts of animals. They have two different life cycles; in the lytic cycle they infect bacteria, replicate themselves and then lyse and … Read More