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Posts tagged with "Current Events"

  • Clinical Trials

    Fighting It Out Over Stem Cells

    This is going to sound weird, but remember stem cells? I know that they’re still an active and important area of research and all, but I’m referring more to the period of political enthusiasm about fifteen years ago. Elected officials at the gubernatorial and national level all had positions on stem cell research, and there… Read More
  • Current Events

    Deliberate Vaccine Misinformation

    Over on my Twitter feed, which veers off-topic a bit more often than this blog, I had a series of tweets the other day about troll/bot accounts. And as fate would have it, that very subject now intersects more closely with a focus on biomedical news. This new paper in the American Journal of Public… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The FDA’s Latest Actions and Problems

    It’s been clear for many years now that some drug companies are abusing the “restricted distribution” idea to keep generic competitors from being able to enter their markets. That, in fact, was a basic part of Martin Shkreli’s entire business plan, but guess what? He was not the first person to think of doing that… Read More
  • Current Events

    Nationalist Medicine? What Crap is This?

    I would guess that, at this point, I’ve worked with people from every region of the planet except Greenland and Antarctica. That’s how it is in drug research, and how it is in science in general. The problems and questions we’re working on are bigger than any one nationality; we’re tackling these things as a… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    On Lies, and Liars

    ]\Today’s topic is “lies”. We will start with the cases of Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh (“Sunny”) Balwani, of Theranos. As the world knows, Theranos was not what it was represented to be – John Carreyrou of the Wall Street Journal and his extraordinary demolition job on them showed that beyond doubt. But remember… Read More
  • Chem/Bio Warfare

    A Poisoning in England: But Which Poison?

    Chemistry doesn’t make the news as often as you might think, and when it does, it’s often in a grim way. Such is the case in the UK right now, with the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. For those who don’t know the background of the situation, Skripal was an officer in… Read More
  • Current Events

    Pfizer’s Cutbacks

    Update: it appears that these are actually the previously announced Neuroscience cutbacks taking effect – some reports I’d received made it sound as if this were something new. I’ve changed the title of the post to reflect this. I’ve heard from more than one source that Pfizer is making fairly broad cuts in research staffing… Read More
  • Current Events

    Taxing Graduate Students

    Today’s blog post will be of interest mostly to US readers, since it concerns the US tax code. There has, of course, been a huge push recently for an overhaul of the tax system, with bills passing both the House and Senate. I am not, absolutely not, going to get into the details of either… Read More
  • Current Events

    Happy Fourth of July

    Some 4th of July thoughts, reprinted from a few years ago, and still (as ever) relevant: This, at least, I have observed in forty-five years: that there are men who search for it [truth], whatever it is, wherever it may lie, patiently, honestly, with due humility, and that there are other men who battle endlessly… Read More
  • Current Events

    The Merck Malware Attack

    As everyone will have seen, the last few days have brought news of yet another “ransomware” attack, this time from a piece of malware known most often as Petya. One unit of the (huge) container shipping company Maersk is known to have been affected, as is a branch of the French bank BNP Paribas, but I bring… Read More
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