“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.



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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. 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).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.