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    Proteinocentrism

    I’ll bet that this is the only hit for a Google search for that word! I typed it out as I was thinking about how some major classes of biomolecules – protein, carbohydrate, lipid, and nucleic acid – are perceived. If you look at the number of papers published, and the number of details worked… Read More
  • Graduate School

    Sweet Maybe, But Trouble, Too

    As I mentioned in that last post, I did carbohydrate-based chemistry back in grad school. (I still break out the sugars once in a while, but there aren’t as many opportunities in medicinal chemistry.) Back then, I was on a project that was using them as starting materials to try to synthesize a large antibiotic… Read More
  • Autism

    A Quick Tour Through the Mudhole

    Before leaving this subject (for now,) I thought I’d take a look at some of the sites I mentioned that pop up when you do a Google search for thimerosal. I hope you all will pardon me for not directly linking these people. I’m not particularly interested in sending them any traffic. From a law… Read More
  • Autism

    More on Autism (And Mercury)

    After reading my post below, I thought I should clarify a couple of things. I realize that some who believe in a thimerosal-autism link probably don’t argue for a specific brain lesion effect (which spent yesterday’s post argues against.) Rather, the general effects of organomercury toxicity could be the cause. I don’t think that… Read More
  • Autism

    More on Autism and Mercury

    After reading my post below, I thought I should clarify a couple of things. I realize that some who believe in a thimerosal-autism link probably don’t argue for a specific brain lesion effect (which spent yesterday’s post argues against.) Rather, the general effects of organomercury toxicity could be the cause. I don’t think that… Read More
  • Autism

    A Quick Tour Through the Mudhole

    Before leaving this subject (for now,) I thought I’d take a look at some of the sites I mentioned that pop up when you do a Google search for thimerosal. I hope you all will pardon me for not directly linking these people. I’m not particularly interested in sending them any traffic. From a law… Read More
  • Autism

    Neurotoxins

    One reason that I have doubts about thimerosal as a cause of autism goes back to mechanism of action. Are there any specific compounds that are know to cause specific neurological problems? (There are plenty that cause more diffuse symptoms, often motor-related, such as tardive dyskinesia.) Well, there’s one prominent example: MPTP, known to… Read More
  • Autism

    Neurotoxins

    One reason that I have doubts about thimerosal as a cause of autism goes back to mechanism of action. Are there any specific compounds that are know to cause specific neurological problems? (There are plenty that cause more diffuse symptoms, often motor-related, such as tardive dyskinesia.) Well, there’s one prominent example: MPTP, known to… Read More
  • Autism

    Doing Justice to Thimerosal, And the Story

    Like Charles Murtaugh, I’ve been trying to get around to writing something about the thimerosal issue for some time. There are so many angles to the story that it’s hard to know where to begin. They are, in no particular order: Is thimerosal safe? Was it safe when kids didn’t get so many vaccines, but… Read More
  • Autism

    Doing Justice to Thimerosal, and the Story

    Like Charles Murtaugh, I’ve been trying to get around to writing something about the thimerosal issue for some time. There are so many angles to the story that it’s hard to know where to begin. They are, in no particular order: Is thimerosal safe?Was it safe when kids didn’t get so many vaccines, but became… Read More
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