the language of infection


Numeracy is a basic life skill so fundamental that we get our first introduction to numbers before going to primary school. Yet, as the saying goes, biologists don’t do math. At least in this respect, clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians seem to fit the mould, their preoccupation being with qualitative aspects of infection: the names of the disease causing agents (nouns) and their consequences (verbs). [more]


  1. Justin Watts says

    Hi there,

    I’ve been having a read through your blog and I’ve got a story that I thought might be of interest to your readers.

    It’s regarding childhood immunisers and the opening of entries for the GlaxoSmithKline Childhood Immunisation Awards, which will offer four awards of $15,000 each to immunisation teams for their outstanding contribution to childhood immunisation.

    If you’d like some further information I can send you a copy of the media release and some background information on previous winners.

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    I look forward to receiving your feedback and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


    Justin Watts

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