monkey's uncle

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This is Just What Greece Needs

August 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Greece was officially deemed malaria-free in 1974. Recent reports, however, suggest that there is ongoing autochthonous transmission of of Plasmodium vivax malaria. According to a brief report from the Mediterranean Bureau of the Italian News Agency (ANSAmed), 40 cases of P. vivax malaria have been reported in the first seven months of 2012. Of these […]

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Tags: Climate Change · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease

Ah, Ape-Scat, Pleasing is the Fragrance of Your Perfumes

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the fundamental ontological questions of our day is surely, “is there anything you can’t do with ape scat?” Well, OK, this might be pushing it a bit far, but a recent article in the New York Times makes a pretty strong case for the blessings of this pungent goo.  My collaborator Beatrice Hahn, […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease · Primates

Nothing But Nets

June 1st, 2008 · No Comments

A piece in today’s New York Times notes that the existence of $10 bed nets makes charity for malaria easy, cool, and almost addictive.  Our kids’ school ran a Nothing But Nets fundraiser this spring.  I had the privilege of giving a lecture to a couple hundred very sharp elementary school kids about what malaria is, how you get it, […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease