Tuesday, 13 March 2018

'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

quote [ Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg asked John Edwin Mason, a professor of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, to dive into the magazine's nearly 130-year archive and report back.

What Mason found was a long tradition of racism in the magazine's coverage: in its text, its choice of subjects, and in its famed photography. ]

In extended as well - Bacteria-hunting virus fished from Connecticut lake treats infected doctor(I love the the humble bacteriophage - They are so cool!)

Bacteria-hunting virus fished from Connecticut lake treats infected doctor.

An anti-bacterial virus found in a Connecticut lake successfully treated an 80-year-old doctor with a life-threatening antibiotic-resistant infection in his heart, a Yale team of scientists and doctors reported March 8 in the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.

The case study suggests that the viruses, called bacteriophages, could be an effective treatment against many drug-resistant infections, said the researchers.

The Connecticut doctor suffered from an infection after he received an aortic arch replacement operation and required massive doses of antibiotics to keep him alive. But the bacteria infecting his heart, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, had developed a resistance to drug treatment. His physician, Dr. Deepak Narayan, was then contacted by research scientist Benjamin Chan who had been screening natural samples for bacteriophage to see if these viruses might be effective against drug-resistant infections. He told Narayan that a virus-hunting expedition at Dodge Pond in Connecticut netted a bacteriophage with affinity for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and suggested that experimental phage therapy might be used to combat the infection.
[SFW] [literature] [+6 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@12:51pmGMT]


HoZay said[1] @ 5:27pm GMT on 13th Mar [Score:4 Underrated]
The Race Issue - the whole thing is worth your time, a lot to chew on.

And, another view, How Should Legacy Publications Reckon With Their Prejudiced Pasts?
cb361 said @ 1:20pm GMT on 13th Mar
In the long run, we're all racists.
robotroadkill said @ 12:11am GMT on 14th Mar
arrowhen said @ 12:13am GMT on 14th Mar
You're an equal-opportunity racist.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:51pm GMT on 13th Mar
+1 science.
mcclint said @ 8:18pm GMT on 13th Mar
Like countless boys before me, I got my first boners from National Geographic stories from the Amazon or Africa.
Ussmak said @ 6:43am GMT on 14th Mar
Just when you thought SE couldn't become any more pathetic.
Fish said @ 3:04am GMT on 15th Mar
Endless virtue-signalling, self-hatred, anti-American tropes, political correctness, Orwellian twists on language... What in the world are you talking about?

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