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Thursday, September 22, 2005 


Welcome to Aetiology. I'm Tara; I'm already a blogger on The Panda's Thumb, but since that blog has a fairly narrow scope (science, and mainly issues pertaining to evolution), I thought I'd get a space of my own to do a bit more rambling about other topics. My main interest is infectious disease, so I anticipate using this site to discuss issues in microbiology that aren't quite interesting enough for Panda's thumb readers (or to keep from inundating them with infectious disease posts! I recognize that I find that kind of thing a bit more interesting than most, erm, normal people. ) Hope you find something interesting here; thanks for dropping by!


About me

  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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