Tagged: PLOS One

Monday Micro – could microbes help our understanding of the evolution of language? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2014

It seems far-fetched, but researchers are claiming that microbes could help us understand how language evolved, specifically combinatorial communication, in which two signals are used together to achieve an effect that is different to the sum of the effects of the component parts. Humans use combinatorial communication when we join words together to give a word with a new meaning. Read More

Monday Micro – mummies and ‘kissing bugs’ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 03, 2014

The mysterious mummy in the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection For over 100 years, the Bavarian State Archeological Collection in Munich, Germany, has housed an unidentified mummy. No records remained of the mummy. Where had it come from? Who was it? How had the person died? Thanks to science, know we know. To better understand the origin … Read More

Monday Micro – sloths a source of new drugs?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2014

As a parent, I have watched the Ice Age movies more times than I care to admit. I quite like Sid the sloth but had no idea just how important his descendants could be in our fight against disease. Sloths are slow-moving tree-dwelling mammals found in the jungles of central and south America. They … Read More

Monday Micro: Glowing genitals! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 02, 2013

When I tell people my lab make nasty bacteria glow in the dark, they usually look at me a bit funny. They look at me even funnier when I tell them it helps us see where the bacteria are. Seriously. Everyone must have done that experiment where you put your hand over the top of a torch, and you can … Read More

Monday Micro – A bacterial link to Multiple Sclerosis? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 21, 2013

Today marks the start of International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, aimed at encouraging wider participation in Open Access – that is, making the results of research freely & immediately available online, and giving others the right to use and re-use those results as needed. There were a number … Read More

Monday Micro: living night lights - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 29, 2013

One of the latest Kickstarter projects to create a buzz is promising its backers a living nightlight that shines without electricity. Enter the Glowing Plant project, developed by a group of biohackers from BioCurious* in California. Launched just a few days ago, Antony Evans, Omri Amirav-Drory and Kyle Taylor have already exceeded their $65,000 … Read More

Monday Micro – roller derby micro! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 18, 2013

There were a smorgasbord of micro stories to choose from this week, but how could I pass up a story which combines microbes, open access and gorgeous women on roller skates?! James Meadow and colleagues, from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, have just published a paper looking at the … Read More

Academic dilemma - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2012

I’ve just been listening to Cambridge mathematician Sir Tim Gowers interview from last night on Radio New Zealand National’s Nights programme. He wrote a blog post which sparked the recent boycott of academic publishing giant Elsevier. Currently 12,541 academics have pledged to either not publish, review for or do editorial work for an Elsevier owned journal. I … Read More