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  • 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
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    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
  • Current Events

    All Right, Then

    Q: So, how was your Election Night? A: Pretty horrific – thanks for asking. As someone who very much did not want Donald Trump to be president, things started off OK, but gradually became more and more worrisome as it became clear that Clinton was having trouble closing the deal in a lot of crucial… Read More
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    Politics, Unfortunately

    OK, time to veer off into politics for what I hope will be the last time for a while. I always regret it when I do this on the blog, but with Election Day being tomorrow, it’s hard not to be a bit worked up. Back during the primary season I was very upset about… Read More
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    Explosion at BASF

    Bad news from Germany this morning. There’s apparently been a very large explosion at the BASF Ludwigshafen facility. If you’ve ever been through that part of the country, you’ll know that that’s a big site in a very dense industrial area: here’s some video taken a bit earlier today. German media reports are that man… Read More
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    Expertology

    I’ve been thinking about “right to try” laws, the ones that are trying to open up access to not-yet-approved drugs for patients who wish to take their chances with them. There are a lot of practical considerations that bear on this idea (differences with existing “compassionate use” programs, effect on clinical trial e… Read More
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    No One Will Ever Suspect!

    Here’s another one of those “Let’s lift a bunch of material from the company we work for and start our own!” schemes: According to the indictment, Yu Xue and Lucy Xi were scientists working at GSK’s research facility in Upper Merion, Pa., when they engaged in an alleged scheme to steal trade secrets related to… Read More
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