Meanwhile, in non-meta online science news:
- Watch out for the photo of a "cutaneous abscess." All the antibiotics we're feeding to livestock are leading to higher rates of antibiotic-resistant infection in farm workers.
- No word on whether the amoeba is now applying for government farm subsidies. The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum carries its favorite bacterial prey with it, and (inadvertently) cultivates it as a food source. (See also NY Times, original paper in Nature [$a])
- We like taxonomists, really! We just don't want to pay them. Biology needs taxonomy, but these days no one wants to be a taxonomist.
- Flock immunity. Genetically modified chickens can catch avian flu without spreading it to others.