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Witnessing Death: The Charnel House of Choeung Ek, Cambodia

Disclaimer: Contains graphic depictions of death and brutality, unfortunatley, all of which is based on truth. There are pictures and accounts of the genocide perpetrated on the Cambodian people by the despotic rule of the Khmer Rouge, under the administration of the Angkar, with Pol Pot’s at the helm


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“I can work with this.” Thoughts on the satirical comedy “Look who’s back”

My thoughts on how the last few moments of an old film, “Look who’s back” left me quite stirred. The movie is a satire based on a novel by the same name, the premise of which is the aftermath of a cosmic cross-connection due to which Hitler is transmitted to the 2014 world. Continue reading “I can work with this.” Thoughts on the satirical comedy “Look who’s back”

PSM as a Career Option: #1 Why Choose PSM?

Repost from an old blog post, because it is the time of the year when emails from confused would-be PSM/Community Medicine MDs start trickling into my inbox… Each year, around the time of AIPG counseling, I get a fair number of emails asking about PSM as a career option. These question are mostly from students who have not really considered PSM as a career option, and … Continue reading PSM as a Career Option: #1 Why Choose PSM?

PLOS NTD Launches New Focus Area on Enteric Infections and Enteric Dysfunction

A recent editorial in PLOS NTDs has declared that the journal will launch a specially focussed section on enteric infections and enteric dysfunction. The editorial emphasizes the importance of working in this area, stressing: There is increasing recognition of the role of the intestine as the critical site where the human host encounters pathogens, initiates the immune response, protects from pathogen invasion, controls nutrient and … Continue reading PLOS NTD Launches New Focus Area on Enteric Infections and Enteric Dysfunction

Distribution and abundance of ARGs in the eight High Arctic clusters classified by antibiotic class and cluster location. The Chord diagram presents the abundance of ARGs in each sample that associate with each respective antibiotic class among the eight soil clusters (top). Presented below the diagram is the relative abundance of ARGs normalized to the total abundance of 16S rRNA gene (bottom right) and relative proportions of ARG classes in each cluster (bottom left). MLSB denotes Macrolide-Lincosamide-Streptogramin B. Other labels represent ARGs that do not have a direct antibiotic class. F/C/A denotes florcholoram-phenicol antibiotic class.

AMR Goes Global: Detection of Allochthonous Anthropogenic AMR Genes in High Arctic Regions

This study has been popping up all over the AMR radar for me for the past week; so, when I was stuck in traffic today, I decided to sit down and give the article a read. An interesting read, which does provide insights into the rapid global spread of AMR, this article, however, has been taken way out of context by the headlines of tabloids … Continue reading AMR Goes Global: Detection of Allochthonous Anthropogenic AMR Genes in High Arctic Regions