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A Journal of the Plague Year

Link to my review on Goodreads (same text as below). The book, free on Gutenberg.org. This was pretty entertaining reading in the grip of a pandemic. Just to be clear, Defoe himself was a small kid at the time of … Continue reading

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BSL3 birdwatching

There are two large black-and-white corvids in South Africa, the pied crow and the white-necked raven. The reason I know this is because I had an argument with my partner’s friend who’s an older South African guy. He took us … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis research for dummies

This is a work in progress article to form an easily understandable starting point for biologists new to TB research. I’m publishing it in incomplete form mainly as a to-do list for myself. The goal is to link to a … Continue reading

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Life Sciences in the Apocalypse

Thought experiment no.1: If you were trapped at work during the zombie apocalypse, how long could you survive on lab reagents? drink tissue culture medium like soup. Add BSA (bovine serum albumin), or Western blot blocking reagent (skim milk), or … Continue reading

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The Transformer

(As with many other dreams, this takes place in a large building, which is the labyrinth that contains everything in the world.) I was in a room with white plastic tables and MDF bookshelves, perhaps a meeting room in a … Continue reading

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Hotel level

I had a dream that my sisters and I were hunting for something precious through a labyrinth of hotel rooms. (It’s always a labyrinth.) We kept getting killed. But every time we respawned, the traces of how far we had … Continue reading

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Pegang anjing

I just remembered the weirdest damn thing from my primary school days. A stray dog had puppies at the side of the sports field and I spent a bunch of spare time in class making these elaborate disposable mittens out … Continue reading

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Achivey

This morning I was chatting with a physician from a Francophone country who’s volunteering at a charity clinic while waiting to pass her exams to practice in South Africa. I asked her what health problems she commonly sees among the … Continue reading

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Umesh G Lalloo talk

Political instability interrupts treatment, facilitates disease spread e.g. strikes in South Africa, post election violence in Kenya, refugees from Syria. Paradoxical IRIS-like reactions in HIV-negative TB patients. Why can we not shorten the course of treatment despite the best drugs? … Continue reading

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Air Liquide

me: Boss asked me to get a quote for CO2 from Air Liquide. Mr Potato: Why? Aren’t we already using Air Liquide? me: No, all our gas comes from Afrox. Mr Potato: But Air Liquide is the gold standard in … Continue reading

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