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  • 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
  • Current Events

    The March For Science

    I’ve had a number of questions about the March For Science that’s taking place tomorrow, so I thought I’d explain my position, for what that’s worth. Overall, I find myself in agreement with this editorial at STAT. I am relentlessly pro-science, but this march leaves me a bit nonplussed, for several reasons. First, I’m… Read More
  • Chem/Bio Warfare

    Sarin. Again.

    I wrote in the early days of this blog about chemical warfare, including a two-part post on nerve agents specifically, here and here. The recent use of Sarin in Syria prompts me to link to those again, and I very much wish the topic were not of interest. I realize that war is a horrible… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The Coming Landscape?

    Adam Feuerstein has an important list of companies (the “Gnarly Nine”) that will be going to the FDA soon. That process is always important for the companies involved, but these will serve as indicators of how the agency is dealing with the pressures for lowering the standards for drug approval. We don’t have a new FDA… Read More
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