Weekly Good Reads: Blind Experiments, Broadest Impacts, and Writing Explainers

1) Evidence of Experimental Bias in the Life Sciences: Why We Need Blind Data Recording, PLoS Biology, Luke Holman et al. 2) Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers, The Open Notebook, Carl Zimmer 3) Population Trend of the World’s Monitored Seabirds, 1950–2010, PLoS One, Michelle … Continue reading

This Week’s Good Reads: Long-Term Experiments, Symbioses, and Turtle Shells

1) Jeremy Fox did a great Q & A with Richard Lenski, who is best known for his Long-Term Evolution Experiment following colonies of E. coli since 1988. Lenski lends insight into the art of asking experimental questions, the challenges and … Continue reading

This Week’s Good Reads: The Hyperbolome, Making Impact, and Genetic Rescue

This seems to be the week of cool meetings I missed. Including: 1) The General Meeting for the American Society for Microbiology, which you can check out at #ASM2015. Carl Zimmer spoke about the hype around microbiome research, and he … Continue reading

Uncovering a Stealth Pathogen, Bartonellosis

I interviewed in October veterinarian and infectious disease researcher Ed Breitschwerdt of North Carolina State University about his studies of infections by bacteria in the genus Bartonella–the most familiar of which is cat scratch fever. Over his career, Breitschwerdt and his colleagues … Continue reading

The cutting edge of molecular biology is the only hope for the U.S. citrus industry

In early 2014, Congress appropriated $20 million to research on the bacterial disease known as citrus greening, and through the Farm Bill, promised another $125 million over the next five years.  Citrus greening, which infects all types of citrus and … Continue reading