January 18th, 2008

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Microbiology: notes for the honors paper

I've been reading Flu; The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It because it was the first one of the recommended books on the list that I could find in the NCNM library. It's very interesting. The first half of the book is a history of the 1918 flu, which I knew had happened, but I had not realized how many people died. In the US 1/2 million people died in about 3 months. Worldwide the numbers are less certain, but somewhere between 20 and 100 million. The author of this book, Gina Kolata, seemed to suggest one time that she thought the number of deaths worldwide was more like 40,000.
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Going Skiing

Hey Friends;
I'm headed to Bend, OR to go skiing at Mt Bachelor for the long weekend. I think I will be out of touch for that time. Hope y'all have a good long weekend!