“The Febrile Muse” focusing on “Portrayal of Infectious Diseases in Literature & the Arts” (microBEnet microbiology blog of the day)

The Febrile Muse is today’s microBEnet microbiology blog of the day.  The blog focuses on the “Portrayal of Infectious Diseases in Literature and the Arts” according to the tagline. The author, who is not named, describes herself as “passionate about science literacy and wishes to inspire people to read and write and learn.”  More about the author is available here: The Febrile Muse, About the Author.

The postings are relatively sparse – about one a month over a few years.  But many of the postings are quite detailed and are definitely worth a look for those interested in the interface between infectious disease and literature.  This interface is of direct relevance to the theme of the microBEnet site here since we are trying to bridge the gap between multiple fields including linking various humanities areas and microbiology.

Recent posts at The Febrile Muse include  Wherefore Science Writing? An Interview of Richard Wintle and Monocyte Fashion and Short Story Science: Stone Link and Petroplague: Oil-eating Microbes.

Some of the posts do have a direct connection to the built environment although that is not common per se.  Two of the “popular posts” that may be of interest here include: Outbreak: Biosafety Levels and Hemorrhagic Fever and Of Lice and Men.  Anyway – I like that this blog is trying to cover an interface between two areas – microbiology and literature.



Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. In addition I hold an Adjunct appointment at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  I am an author on more than 300 scientific publications as well as an Evolution textbook and a variety of other things. In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements. Prior to moving to UC Davis I was on the faculty at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) with an Adjunct Appointment in the Biology Department at the Johns Hopkins University. I did my PhD at Stanford studying the evolution of DNA repair processes in the lab of Phil Hanawalt and my undergraduate studies at Harvard College. See my blog or tweets or Google+ Feed for the latest on what is going on in my lab and life and for conference reports, opinions on papers, and related information. Finally, if you have made it this far and want to know more, here are some of my favorite stories written by others about me or my work Free Science, One Paper at a Time by David Dobbs Jonathan Eisen Frees (Almost All) His Father’s Papers by David Dobbs Cataloguing the Vast World of Microbes by Carl Zimmer Plenty More Bugs in the Sea in The Economist

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