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Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

When studying bacteria it is quite easy to get fascinated with them as a laboratory specimen while forgetting the huge impact they can have in real life societies.

March 30, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Innate immunity: the first line of defence

Innate immunity: the first line of defence

The very first line of defence against any invasion of the human body is a set of physical barriers between the inside of the body and the outer world.

March 16, 2014 — S.E. Gould
69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

Welcome to the 69th edition of the Carnival of Evolution! As February 12th was Darwin’s birthday, this is a Darwin’s Day carnival edition. To start with there’s a celebration of all things Darwinian at Synthetic Daisies, and a letter to the man himself for his 205th birthday.

March 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould
From the archives: life at 90C

From the archives: life at 90C

I’m on holiday this week so this is an old post that appeared on my previous blog “Life of a Lab Rat” on July 1st 2010. Prokaryotes are by far the most successful superkingdom in terms of both biochemical diversity and the variety of environments conquered.

February 23, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Bacteria in space!

Bacteria in space!

Where humans travel, bacteria will follow. If people are in space for any amount of time, bacteria are sure to thrive there so it’s good to know that there are already researchers looking at how the environment within spaceships affects bacterial populations.

February 16, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Categorising bacteria in purple and pink

Categorising bacteria in purple and pink

When confronted with a new bacteria there are a series of simple tests that can be carried out to give a rough idea of the properties of the bacteria you are dealing with.

February 9, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection

Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection

Like animals, plants are susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. While animals have a wide variety of immune cells and in some cases an interconnected immune system plants must rely on other methods to fight infection.

February 2, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Speeding up reactions: biological vs. chemical catalysts

Speeding up reactions: biological vs. chemical catalysts

Most chemical reactions go pretty slowly at room temperature. This is good news most of the time, otherwise random parts of the environment would be exploding at regular intervals, but bad news for industrial processes which need reactions to occur.

January 12, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Prions are the infective agents that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow Disease in humans. All prions affect the brain or neural tissues and are currently untreatable.

January 5, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to try for a child with my husband. As I’m currently typing while trying to entertain a three month old baby I think I can safely claim that as one of the most successful New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever made.

January 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould
The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

DNA is important stuff. It’s present in all living organisms on the planet (or ‘almost all’ if you wish to remain friends with virologists) and contains the information required to produce and organise the proteins within a cell.

December 22, 2013 — S.E. Gould

The bacteria in breast milk

Bacteria are found in large numbers all over the human body where there is a channel to the outside world, for example in the gut, lungs, and surface of the skin.

December 8, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Lab Rat Fund-raising

Lab Rat Fund-raising

This month, I’m taking part in the Big Issue Knitathon! The aim of the knitathon is to get as many people as possible knitting 6” squares which will be sewn together into a giant handmade blanket.

November 10, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Guest post: Bricks of knowledge

Guest post: Bricks of knowledge

While I’m getting used to my new arrival the iGEM Team from Copenhagen have kindly provided a great guest post about their work over the summer.

October 8, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Lab Rat’s new arrival

Lab Rat’s new arrival

For those wondering why there’s been such a hiatus on the blog lately – on 24th September I gave birth to my own little baby boy: Theo.

October 1, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Butterfly watch: four legs vs. six legs

Butterfly watch: four legs vs. six legs

After last years rains and the late snows of winter, this summer has been a really good one for British butterflies. As August has now come to an end, and summer technically turns into autumn, I thought it was time for another butterfly post.

September 7, 2013 — S.E. Gould

Know Before You Vote

Know Before You Vote