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New Grant, Post-Doc Opportunity

August 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Biological and Human Dimensions of Primate Retroviral Transmission One of the great enduring mysteries in disease ecology is the timing of the AIDS pandemic. AIDS emerged as a clinical entity in the late 1970s, but HIV-1, the retrovirus that causes pandemic AIDS, entered the human population from wild primates many decades earlier, probably near the […]

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Tags: Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · Primates · Social Network Analysis

On Newspaper Front Pages

July 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Expert wrangler of predicaments Phillip Mendonça-Vieira has put together a very cool time-lapse movie from about 12,000 screenshots of the front page of the nytimes.com.  The movie is interesting to watch in a Koyaanisqatsi kind of way, but what I find most poignant is his commentary that accompanies the movie. Mendonça-Vieira writes, Having worked with and […]

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Chimpanzees and Biomedical Research

July 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I have now been asked a perfectly reasonable question that arises from our recent paper on chimpanzee “AIDS” several times (see previous entry). The question is, should we reinvigorate biomedical testing of SIV infection in chimpanzees as a model for HIV?  The simple answer is no. There are several compelling reasons for this. First, there are the […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease · Primates

Nice, Thoughtful Piece on Chimpanzee Research at Gombe

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Following our recent Nature paper, there has been a flurry of press, some of which I reference in a previous post.  There is a very nice article that gives the back-story of SIV research at Gombe at MinnPost.com. Put this together with Carl Zimmer’s post and you get a good sense for how research unfolds […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease · Primates

New Publication: Chimpanzee "AIDS"

July 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

A long-anticipated paper (by me anyway!) has finally been published in this week’s issue of Nature.  In this paper, we show that wild chimpanzees living in the Gombe National Park in western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika appear to die from AIDS-like illness when infected with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).  Many African […]

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Tags: Conservation · Infectious Disease · Primates

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Well, it’s happened again.  My work has been written up in Science but I am not mentioned.  I’m actually not that concerned this time — we’re going to submit the paper for publication soon. I’ve been telling myself (and other people) that this thing we’ve ben working on (all the while being very cryptic about what […]

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Tags: Conservation · Demography · Evolution · Infectious Disease · Primates

Phantom Co-Author

March 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s always nice to have one’s work written up in Science.  It would be even nicer to be named as a co-author in the write-up.  I suppose being the stats guy in a multi-author collaboration is kind of like being the drummer in a rock band…

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Tags: Primates · Statistics