Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

A common drug prescribed for diabetes may have some very interesting effects on cancer. Alba Luengo and collaborators review the data on metformin versus tumors at BMC Biology (open access). Navdeep Chandel gives an interview to the same journal that lay readers may find more accessible. Sic transit gloria mundi. David Dobbs on his blog […]

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Daniel Parker at The Mermaid’s Tale on the geography and genetics of malarial parasite drug resistance evolution. “Southeast Asia appears to be a “special” place with regard to the evolution of antimalarial resistance.  For whatever reason, parasites that are resistant to new antimalarials always seem to be first documented here and then sometimes appear to subsequently […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

I really had no idea of that this had happened on this scale: “The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000”. Harold Evans at The Guardian on new research by the UK Thalidomide Trust uncovering evidence that this was a crime and not a tragic […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Former IGC resident artist and London University of the Arts Professor Rob Kesseler has a new image gallery online at the New Scientist: enjoy the “Psychedelic Plants” slide show. Sheri Fink at the New York Times reviews Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal’, on modern medicine’s struggle to deal with the terminally ill. ‘Gawande argues against the treatment-at-all-costs model that once prevailed in […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

“(N)obody really believes that a cat can be simultaneously dead and alive” says Johnjoe McFadden at Aeon Magazine. “Nevertheless, wrote Schrödinger in What Is Life? (1944), some of life’s most fundamental building blocks must, like unobserved radioactive atoms, be quantum entities able to perform counterintuitive tricks.” Are there important quantum phenomena in Biology? Ed Yong […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

The nurse in Annemasse, France, could tell from the label on the blood bag destined for Paris that this blood was pretty unusual. But when she read the details closely, her eyes widened. Surely it was impossible for this man seated beside her to be alive, let alone apparently healthy? Penny Bailey at Mosaic Science […]

The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

I don’t know how long the editorial staff at eLife took to come up with this title, but ‘Gene Swapping in the Dead Zone‘ is hard to beat. A look at virus-bacteria interactions in the ocean oxygen depleted areas “also known as marine dead zones (…) where oxygen respiration is rapid, and the physical processes […]

The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Michael Specter at the New Yorker on Ebola, the difference between fear and panic, and learning the lessons of the past “The World Health Organization recommended that officials in the countries most affected warn people with a fever to stay off international flights. Hong Kong went further, using infrared scanners and thermometers to take the […]

The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Not too much to read here, but just sit back and scroll down this wonderful picture gallery the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest at The Atlantic. Note: our resident primatologist assures me that the little guy in #21 cannot fly, and is actually not a real lemur. Speaking of National Geographic, Dennis Dimick at National […]

The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

This week I’ve decided to highlight only texts from science blogs around the web. There is a lot of great writing out there, much of it far superior in content and style to science communication in traditional media outlets. We’ll kick-off with John Hutchinson‘s What’s in John’s Freezer? Hutchinson is Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics at the […]