General microbiology and science, June 12

A whale with graffiti and morbillivirus, polio eradication, it’s fun to be a grad student, and Dr. Bik’s Picks.

Marine Mammals

grafwhaleGraffiti tagged A.C. whale died of dolphin-killer morbillivirus – Amy S. Rosenberg – The Inquirer

“Schoelkopf said the virus last summer was primarily found in bottle-nosed dolphins but that there was some inter-species crossover, including two humpback whales, a pygmy sperm whale and striped dolphins.”

austsealionPinnipednesday – Neophoca cinerea Edition – Mythbri – ObservationDeck

“It’s believed that the feces of Australian Sea Lions provide valuable nutrients to the local ecosystem. The bacteria found in the feces is very efficient in breaking down the waste into forms that are easily absorbed by coastal ecosystems.”

Phages and viruses

SciencePolio eradicators struggle to prevent the next outbreak – Leslie Roberts – Science

“But in 2013, the virus jumped borders and set off outbreaks in eight countries that had already eliminated it, sending cases soaring to 407. Now, by creating a “Red List,” the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is trying to predict where future outbreaks will occur—and prevent them.”

Science careers

fungradThe fun of science – Cathy Walker – Science

“Recently, I was reminded that my job as a graduate student in a science lab is actually “really cool.” I was in need of a reminder. “

Dr. Bik’s Picks

dinosEvidence for mesothermy in dinosaurs – John M. Grady – Science

“Moreover, when the effects of size and temperature are considered, dinosaur metabolic rates were intermediate to those of endotherms and ectotherms and closest to those of extant mesotherms. Our results suggest that the modern dichotomy of endothermic versus ectothermic is overly simplistic.”

bromineChemical element bromine is essential to life in humans and other animals, researchers discover – ScienceDaily

“The researchers, led by co-first authors Scott McCall, Christopher Cummings, Ph.D., and Gautam (Jay) Bhave, M.D., Ph.D., showed that fruit flies died when bromine was removed from their diet but survived when bromine was restored.”

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