Melioidosis is one of those diseases that people do not know how fatal it is regardless of its severity and prevalence. It is caused by a bacterium called Burkholderia pseudomallei and can infect both humans and animals. The common symptoms are abscesses, pneumonia, and when it gets fatal, it may lead to organ failure. The … More The Germ that Can Kill Humans In 48 Hours
Since the postbellum period, Americans south of the Mason Dixon line have been widely stereotyped as lazy and unmotivated. Academics of the 20th century even pondered if this trope was a reflection of the genetic inferiority of southerners when compared to the “industrious” Yankees of the north. Regardless of the details, many people assumed that … More The “Lazy” Southerner: Sloth or Anemia?
Today there has been a touchy subject to people that love to go out to eat at Chinese/American restaurants but refuse to go eat at them due to the fact of one key ingredient. This keystone ingredient is called monosodium glutamate (also referred to as MSG) which is a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid … More MSG Myth Debunked
The Claire Armstrong et al. paper entitled “Genomic associations with bill length and disease reveal drift and selection across island bird populations” contains a lot of jargon that might prove difficult for the average person to fully comprehend. Here, I will attempt to break down the key points of the paper. The goal … More A Review of the Claire Armstrong et al. Paper
A flock of thousands upon thousands of crows have been seen around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh over the past two years. The flock appears in late October and comfortably exploits the resources of a city ecosystem until February or March, when they move further west to find more rural places to roost … More Crow No!
Once thought to be an extremely contagious and disease that left people outcasted from society is leprosy. Otherwise known as Hansen’s disease, if untreated it can cause nerve damage which results in crippling of extremities. The individual may have multiple injuries due to the paralysis and the body may reabsorb fingers or toes over time. … More Scaley Little Mammals – Delicious but Harmful?
Bugs can be scary. Bugs can be especially scary when they are in your bed. Bed bugs are a concern for many individuals worldwide not just because the bugs can be off-putting particularly in a sacred space like a bed, but also because they can be vectors for various diseases. Research has shown that bed … More Good Morning! Bed Bugs left you Chagas Disease.