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Page updated January 12, 2019

Denise Lim

Fun Links Page

I don't check these links regularly, so some of them may be old or broken. Please let me know if you find any links that are no longer active. Enjoy!


A nice presentation of the natural history of fat: A Brief History of Fat (added December 22, 2017)

Harry Noller, Professor Emeritus at UCSC, has won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences ($3 million!!) for his work on the ribosome and determining that it is the rRNA responsible for the ribosome's activity, not just the ribosomal protein. This Mercury News article gives a simple explanation of his work. After watching the video, you will have to agree that no cat is cooler than Harry. Before going to Cambridge University for graduate school, he played with Chet Baker (saxophone), opened for Duke Ellington, and hung out with Ken Kesey. Definitely a legend and a gentleman. Congratulations, Dr. Noller! (added December 4 and 5, 2016)

What do you do with the information you get through genetic testing? This is an episode from The Moth by Amy Cohen, who had to decide what to do when she tested positive for the breast cancer gene mutation, BRCA-1. (added Octber 13, 2016).

This is a summary of a large meta-study that was done on the safety of fluoridated water. The results indicate that there is no association between fluoridation and increased cancer risk. (added October 5, 2016)

In this episode of Radio Lab, a woman follows the tissues she donated to research when her infant son died (added September 26, 2016)

Educational resources available on the Nobel Prize website - videos and games based on discoveries made by Nobel prize winners (added September 12, 2016)

The 2016 Vaccine Acceptance Report sponsored by Medscape, surveyed pediatricians about their patients parents feelings/perceptions/knowledge of vaccines and their willingness to use them (added August 28, 2016)

A big thanks to Girl Scout Troop #1519 for pointing me to this great resource for explaining the immune system to kids (added June 2, 2016)

"Exploring the Link Between Infection and Mental Illness" - an episode of the Diane Rehm Show. Guests: Dr. Robert Yolken director, Stanley Laboratory of Developmental Neurovirology; professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Harriet Washington medical ethicist and writer; author of the new book "Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We 'Catch' Mental Illness"; Dr. James Giordano Professor of Neurology; Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program at Georgetown University Medical Center (added 12/9/15)

This is an animation of the how influenza virus infects a host cell. Not much scientific vocabulary, but you can probably figure out what is a polymerase and what is a ribosome (added 11/2/13)

This is an animated tour through the cell produced by a group at Harvard. This version is unnarrated and uses some soothing and groovy music in the background (you may need to scroll down a bit). This version is narrated and explains what you are seeing, but with detail and vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to you (added 11/2/13)

I must confess that Neil deGrasse Tyson first became known to me through The Daily Show with John Stewart. This YouTube video explains why I have become such a fangirl. He has an amazing perspective on the universe (added 2/10/13)

Study Hacks is a blog dedicated to exploring what it means to lead a successful, enjoyable, meaningful life (added 2/2/12)

Drew Berry is a cell biologist who learned video animation in order to share unseeable biological processes. This is a talk he gave at a TEDxSydney event in May, 2011. It includes the animation of DNA replication that I show in BIO 6 (added 2/2/12)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute's animation page. includes animations of the malaria life cycle and dengue fever (added 2/2/12)

Fresh Air episode about the history of the smallpox vaccine in the U.S. (added 4/13/11)

Animated videos of biological processes produced at Harvard's Molecular and Cellular Biology Department (added 4/13/11)

How the Heart Works (NIH site) (added 4/13/11)

Science Friday Videos (added 2/12/11)

This edition of the Diane Rehm Show is a follow up of the report discrediting the MMR/autism link. Guests include Alison Tepper Singer Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, formerly Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks; Seth Mnookin Author of "The Panic Virus: a True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear"; and Dr. Roberta DeBiasi pediatric infectious diseases physician at Children’s National Medical Center. Click on the "Listen" link at the top of the page for the audio. (aired 2/2/2011)

The MMR vaccine was linked to autism by a single study published by British researcher David Wakefield in 1998 based on twelve children. This article in The British Medical Journal documents how the original study was based on falsified data: How The Case Against the MMR Vaccine Was Fixed. His findings have never been reproduced in more than two dozen follow up studies by other researchers. David Wakefield filed a patent for a competing vaccine shortly before his 1998 study was published and was paid more than $670,000 by lawyers suing the producers of the original MMR vaccine. (published 1/5/2011)

MedlinePlus (National Institutes of Health) Videos of surgical procedures (posted 11/2010)

This is a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk given by my friend Mark Roth, who studies what he calls metabolic flexibility, or suspended animation: (filmed 2/2010) and here's an interview that explains the physiology a bit more:

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Jimmy Carter Center

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - See "Global Health" under the Topics menu

Ascaris and other Nematode movies and photos (a little gross, so brace yourself)

ASM (American Society of Microbiologists) Visual Atlas of common microbiological tests

Science Blog of an Epidemiologist

Field Study of Extreme Microorganisms in Kamchatka

Bacteria Talking to Other Bacteria, or How To Be a Neurotic Scientist

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Animations and Virtual Labs (HHMI)

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, published by the CDC

Photo Archive: 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Microbe World, published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Austin Community College's Microbiology "Links" page




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