Late post of the week. Huh. I was thinking of what to talk about in this post. Many articles have popped up my attention. But nothing has been exciting for me to write about. So I thought, let me not post anything this week. Then, I realized, this is the 50th post. Aha!!! In that case let me post on microbiology blog itself. Let me make sure i wont bore you with self advertisement. I just want to put a short note.
The internet age or the data age comes with too much of knowledge, You could just search for anything these days. I mean, you can type in a few key letters and read about what you want to know. Simple. But then, this comes at a cost. A lot of internet material is a total junk. Many blogs in science are written without much scientific facts (i like to call it more of a fiction). And the problem is these blogs are more read, as they are presented in a more appealing way. And the most important point is the posts are written, what the audience wants to hear. That makes pseudo science more dangerous.
Let me give u one striking example. Blog posts can be traced to topic on "Unsafe vaccines". These posts went so viral that people considered against vaccination. So is the impact. In reality, the post is non scientific and a trash. Just think about it. At least a decade of high profile research investing massive sum of money and tough legal clearance system assure that the intervention is beneficial. A post surveillance will also be set up to look for any potential problems. Bypassing all this, a opinion is made saying unsafe vaccine??? All commercially available vaccines are safe. You can bet on that.
Now that, I have made clear to you, that blogging can make a significant impact, I want to put up one example were blogging was strikingly beneficial. When a so called, "breakthrough research" was published in Science (Link), stating that the bacterium GFAJ-1, can substitute Arsenic for phosphorous in DNA, the first thought to raise a strong suspicion against the conclusion was raised by a blog post. The blog was authored by Rosie Redfield (Link to blog). The blog was instant hit among scientists that had great impact in terms of science. The whole story can be read here.
I would like to leave you with 5 top Microbiology blog that I have found to be scientifically sound and accurate. The choice is my personal and has nothing to do with advertising
1. Small Things Considered. Link
2. Microbiology Bytes. Link
3. Virology Blog. Link
4. RR Research. Link
5. Muycorant. Link
Thank you readers for keeping my interest in writing.