An intro to my crazy weekend: I’m going to get real fucked up. Egyptian lentil soup, cookie ice cream pie, the only chocolate that makes me go crazy, and some cookie mix. #xvx #vegan #judgeme #whatveganseat #newleaf (at New Leaf Market)
I hope I never get tired of this. #vegan #yanflower #santacruz #lunchspecial #hunantofu #fivedollars
Scientists pinpoint when harmless bacteria became flesh-eating monsters
Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics.
These bacteria appeared to have affected humans since the 1980s. Scientists think that GAS must have evolved from a less harmful streptococcus strain. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reconstructs that evolutionary history.
James Musser of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and lead researcher of the study said, “This is the first time we have been able to pull back the curtain to reveal the mysterious processes that gives rise to a virulent pathogen.”
Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x)
(via Human bone cancer showing actin filaments, mitochondria, and DNA | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)