Sex & drugs & rock & roll are all my brain and body need

It’s my last journal club here in Manchester, so I’ve chosen three light-hearted papers which have been classified using the Ian Drury Ontology [1]. The first two come from NCBI ROFL (The National Center for Biotechnology Information: Rolling On The Floor Laughing) while the third comes from Natalie ROFL.


The first paper is titled “Male condoms that break in use do so mostly by a “blunt puncture” mechanism” [2]. As pointed out in  those are the [condom] breaks, of particular interest is the “laboratory coital model” used to test condom breakage. A question scientists (especially systems biologists) are always asking themselves is, how accurate is the model? Bear this in mind when you read the paper.


Talking of drugs, and since we’ll be in an ethanol dispensing pub, the next paper is titled “Endogenous ethanol ‘auto-brewery syndrome’ as a drunk-driving defence challenge” [3]. The main challenge here is to find the original paper, which looks interesting. As pointed out in I swear I haven’t been drinking, Officer. It was my gut flora! this is an interesting condition.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Finally, the main paper of this week has been brought to our attention by the head-banging hard-rockin’ metal-head Natalie Stanford. Read this paper and wonder how they ever got funding to do the research… It’s just rock’n’roll.


  1. Ian Drury (1977) Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  2. WHITE, N., HILL, D., & BODEMEIER, S. (2008). Male condoms that break in use do so mostly by a “blunt puncture” mechanism☆ Contraception, 77 (5), 360-365 DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.01.014
  3. Logan BK, & Jones AW (2000). Endogenous ethanol ‘auto-brewery syndrome’ as a drunk-driving defence challenge. Medicine, science, and the law, 40 (3), 206-15 PMID: 10976182
  4. Patton, D., & McIntosh, A. (2008). Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass BMJ, 337 (dec17 2) DOI: 10.1136/bmj.a2825
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