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  • Current Events

    Time For A Name Change

    Well, this was just a matter of time, and that time has most certainly come. CNN is reporting that the longtime antisense-DNA company ISIS Pharmaceuticals is indeed thinking about changing its name, and who can blame them? This reminds me of the situation in the 1980s, when there was a company that had for years… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Another Whack at the Stem Shortage Myth

    Over at The Atlantic, Michael Teitelbaum has another crack at demolishing the “STEM shortage” myth. Looking over actual employment data, he finds: All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings—the only disagreement is whether it is 100 pe… Read More
  • Current Events

    Jailhouse Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know About!

    As I had hoped last year, scam artist Kevin Trudeau is indeed heading off for a ten-year sentence. I have searched, without success, for a photo of him wearing an orange jumpsuit and being bundled into a windowless prison van, but we’ll just have to use our imaginations for that. Not to worry – a… Read More
  • Chemical News

    The West Virginia Formaldehyde Claim Is Nonsense

    This morning I heard reports of formaldehyde being found in Charleston, West Virginia water samples as a result of the recent chemical spill there. My first thought, as a chemist, was “You know, that doesn’t make any sense”. A closer look confirmed that view, and led me to even more dubious things about this news… Read More
  • Current Events

    China’s GlaxoSmithKline Crackdown

    Keeping up with the GlaxoSmithKline/China story has been hard – every day or two there’s a new twist. But here’s what’s going on so far: Four GSK executives have been arrested on charges of bribery. Hospitals, doctors, officials of all kinds – the accusations are the the GSK people jacked up prices and sales figures… Read More
  • Current Events

    Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education

    Update: You’ll notice in this post that I refer to some sites that the original BuzzFeed article I’m complaining out sends people to, often pointing out that these didn’t actually support the wilder claims it’s making. Well, the folks at BuzzFeed have dealt with this by taking down the links (!) The article now says: Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    The Drug Industry and the Obama Administration

    Over at Forbes, John Osborne adds some details to what has been apparent for some time now: the drug industry seems to have no particular friends inside the Obama administration: Earlier this year I listened as a recently departed Obama administration official held forth on the industry and its rather desultory reputation. . .the substance… Read More
  • Current Events

    Making Changes Inside Merck’s R&D

    I’ve heard from more than one source that Roger Perlmutter has been shaking things up this week at Merck. Since he only took over R&D in March, that’s a pretty short lag time – if these reports are accurate, he clearly has some strong opinions and is ready to act on them. From what I’ve… Read More
  • Current Events

    One. . .Million. . .Pounds (For a New Antibiotic?)

    Via Stuart Cantrill on Twitter, I see that UK Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to announce a prize for anyone who can “identify and solve the biggest problem of our time”. He’s leaving that open, and his examples are apparently “. . .the next penicillin, aeroplane or world wide web”. I like the idea… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Promoting STEM Education, Foolishly

    Here’s a man who says what he thinks about getting students into STEM careers: The United States spent more than US$3 billion last year across 209 federal programmes intended to lure young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The money goes on a plethora of schemes at school, undergraduate and postgr… Read More