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Guest Post – Toxoplasmosis and Evil Cats

One possible way for me to finish my PhD, is to publish three first author articles. So unless I’ve grossly misunderstood the context; I present to you my second DOTW! guest article.

My second greatest fear in life is being mediocre. What’s my greatest fear you ask? Getting a job and leaving the life of study. I want to achieve something before I’m put in a wooden box and forgotten about. So the fact that I haven’t yet cured cancer or even saved anybody’s life leads me to ask, what scientific reason could there be for my lack of world domination?

Like a lot of great thinkers, I instinctively took umbrage at my cat.

Cat me if you can: It

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Guest post – Lupus: Disease of the weak

Our first guest post of the blog. Matthew Higgins is doing a PhD in the same building as James and I, after going through undergrad and honours with us. He works on a particular protein involved in breast cancer that may be souped-up to make super cancer or something: it’s immunology, what do I care? He also often comments around these pages under the guise of “lumpage” (Yes, now I’ve revealed your secret identity!). He lives on The Ranch Dressing. Maybe you should read that.

"About the author: Matthew is devilishly handsome, but spoken for. Thanks for asking." (Photo taken by Thomas Tu)

I love House, the T.V show. It’s great. A fine example of scientific reasoning and deduction condensed in to an improbably short 42 minutes. Oh sure, never in the history of mankind has a medical team been so capable that are so diversely and broadly skilled that they can single-handedly perform every medical and scientific test themselves. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the show. At the end of the day the cast is just as attractive and amiable, and the patient who just seems to go from moral dilemma to medical dilemma repeatedly generally lives. We all go home happy right?

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