Punctuation. n. the use of periods and other marks in sentences. From Latin punctus point or prick, punctuare to mark with points or dots; related to punctual, prompt; punctuality, exactness or precision; less closely to punctilio n. detail of honour, conduct or ceremony. In the language of infection punctuation is concerned only with the written form i.e. the genome, its corresponding proteome and their identifiable functions. These belong to the emerging field of omics (genome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome etc) which is awash with linguistic metaphors notably including translational science. (more on punctuation).
Regular readers of this blog have been speculating about the Micrognome’s disappearance for some time now. Rumours about: had the Gnome become so micro that he became was invisible, or was he plucked from the woods by a large bird of prey? Those of you who know better realised that when the gnome needs a long walk in […]
Don’t give up on Ebola now The current Ebolavirus epidemic in West Africa refuses to go away. No matter what we throw at the virus, it stays one step ahead and continues its destructive course through impoverished rural communities. There have been successes, but recent reports from the World Health Organization have been guarded. The […]
Infectious and non-infectious diseases that have been linked to cheese consumption, for discussion towards the end of dinner.
Recent Nature World View article on the international response to the West African Ebola epidemic and subsequent public media coverage.