Messy Models

Could bacteria be involved in the genesis of multiple sclerosis? There’s an interesting trend at work here, starting with the H. pylori/ulcer connection a few years ago. I wonder how many other diseases and ‘congenital defects’ have unknown bacterial causes?

Last week, I saw a news item about a Harvard study showing that the antibiotic neomycin inhibits angiogenesis, a key step in cancer metastasis. I can’t find any information (papers, etc.) about this on the web; if you’ve got anything (electrons or atoms) please let me know.

Ursula Goodenough is giving a seminar next week at the UA. Here’s a review of her latest book.

Review of Blaming the Brain: The Real Truth About Drugs and Mental Health from JAMA.

The dopamine theory of schizophrenia and the serotonin-norepinephrine theory of depression are far from conclusively proven, and the pharmacodynamics of the tricyclic compounds, benzodiazepines, Prozac, and lithium remain obscure.

Wow! I’m a Publishers’ Clearing House winner - of a whole dollar. Whee!
For the record, I didn’t buy anything. 8^)=

Michael Moore (of Roger & Me) weighs in on the Kosovo situation

A counter rant to Stephenson’s In the Beginning Was the Command Line…

The Tierra A-life project. Cool pictures, cooler idea.

Columbine shooting incident comment: In all the media deconstruction of the Trenchcoat Mafia, why haven’t we heard anything about City of Angels (or the earlier Wim Wenders work on which it was based), which featured scores of characters wearing black trench coats?