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About patlowder

I'm a chemist, patent attorney, husband of one wife, dad of two sons, and I am (a progressive, whatever that label implies) Christian. I have had a rich, varied life and I give thanks for it. Just to be clear, this blog reflects personal views and is not intended as an advertisement for legal services, or should be considered a "law blog." You should not take anything I say to be a legal opinion on any topic and you don't create an attorney-client relationship by reading it. That requires an executed written contract.

A Nifty Cartoon About Vaccines

A couple of loyal readers today sent me this cartoon they found informative and amusing.  While I strive to be more detailed and immersed in hard science, like my prior post today, I admire the creators’ excellent storytelling.  It’s effective. … Continue reading

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Connections to Social Media

Dear Readers: Thank you for your interest in my blog at  I have noticed the linked “headlines” in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter occasionally reflect titles I did not choose.  I cannot preview what goes to these social media sites, … Continue reading

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Pertussis – 2: The Slaughter of The Innocents

In the last post, I discussed the importance of mucus and cilia.  In short, cilia in the trachea and other airways combine with a river of mucus to clean the air we breathe and move it up (yes, against gravity) … Continue reading

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Pertussis – 1: The Creepy Beauty of Mucus

As a chemist, mucus is fascinating stuff.  It turns out that mucus is quite difficult to chemically characterize.  Mucus is a “non-Newtonian” fluid.  It does not act like a “predictable” fluid, water, for example.  When you pour a bucket of … Continue reading

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Before I jump into some planned topics, I thought it was important to tell you about me to the extent it helps you understand my thinking and conclusions: After being raised in a small North Carolina town by two damned … Continue reading

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Typos, Peer Review, and Cold Fusion

That is a strange title for a vaccines blog.  But it’s timely.  I published the entry Smallpox 2: Serendipity without an unbiased reviewer having proofed it.  And that’s where the problem lay.  I substituted “utter” for “udder.”  Oops.  Thanks to … Continue reading

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Smallpox – 2: Serendipity

So, continuing.  Smallpox was around for a long time, until about 1979, when the World Health Organization declared the disease completely eradicated.  Who can you thank for this? Edward Jenner. The above Wikipedia link is extensive, so here’s what he … Continue reading

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