Intelligent female scientist seeks solution

I’ve been thinking about the future1, my place in it, and my place in scientific research. Having bored myself silly with self-centeredness, I looked further afield. Back in July2, Professor Greenfield was deploring the lack of female scientists in the higher echelons of her profession. She makes a few fair points, but, as can only […]

Viagra enhances… jet-lag recovery

BBC picks up on the hot jet-lag study of the day: Sildenafil accelerates reentrainment of circadian rhythms after advancing light schedules, PNAS U S A, 2007. Some initial thoughts: It’s not so much that Viagra, saviour of many a marriage, is the new wonder-drug that will eradicate jet-lag a la melatonin, but that it works […]

funny coincidence

After yapping on about the recent worry about avian influenza, these arrived in my inbox: Measuring fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in mammals and birds: the importance of validation. Sampling effort/frequency necessary to infer individual acute stress responses from fecal analysis in Greylag geese (Anser anser). Ah ha ha… Not something I want to do right now…

Resistant virus prompts concern over second line of defence

From Nature (news): Researchers call for more bird flu drugs. While I’m not 100% convinced the threat of a mosaic/mutant virus will emerge this time, there is one thing that is bugging me about the situation arising in Europe. In response, countries are stocking up on Tamiflu, the main anti-viral medicine recommended by the World […]