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Posts tagged with "Who Discovers and Why"

  • Book Recommendations

    E. O. Wilson’s “Letters to a Young Scientist”

    I’ve been reading E. O. Wilson’s new book, Letters to a Young Scientist. It’s the latest addition to the list of “advice from older famous scientists” books, which also includes Peter Medawar’s similarly titled Advice To A Young Scientist and what is probably the grandfather of the entire genre, Ramón y Cajal… Read More
  • Current Events

    Just Work on the Winners

    That Lamar Smith proposal I wrote about earlier this morning can be summarized as “Why don’t you people just work on the good stuff?” And I thought it might be a good time to link back to a personal experience I had with just that worldview. As you’ll see from that story, all they wanted… Read More
  • Drug Industry History

    AstraZeneca’s Move To Hot, Happening Cambridge

    If you’re looking for a sunny, optimistic take on AstraZeneca’s move to Cambridge in the UK, the Telegraph has it for you right here. It’s a rousing, bullish take on the whole Cambridge scene, but as John Carroll points out at FierceBiotech, it does leave out a few things about AZ. First, though, the froth: Read More
  • Who Discovers and Why

    Thought for the Day, On Interdisciplinary Research

    This quote caught my eye fromNature‘s “Trade Secrets” blog, covering a recent conference. Note that the Prof. Leggett mentioned is a 2003 Nobel physics laureate: It’s been a recent trend to mix disciplines and hope the results will solve some of science’s stickier problems. But is it possible the pendulum has swung too far? Le… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Yuri Milner’s Millions, And Where They’re Going

    You’ll have heard about Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur (early Facebook investor, etc.) who’s recently announced some rather generous research prize awards: Yesterday, Milner, along with some “old friends”—Google cofounder Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and their respective wives—announced they are giving $33 m… Read More
  • Who Discovers and Why

    An Anniversary

    I wanted to repost an old entry of mine, from back in 2002 (!) It’s appropriate this week, and just as I was in 2002, I’m a couple of days late with the commemeration: I missed a chance yesterday to note an anniversary. Giordano Bruno was something of a crank, not normally the sort of… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Whitesides on Discovery and Development

    George Whitesides of Harvard has a good editorial in the journal Lab on a Chip. He’s talking about the development of microassays, but goes on to generalize about the new technologies – how they’re found, and how they’re taken up (or not) by a wider audience (emphasis mine below): Lab-on-a-chip (LoC) devices were originally… Read More
  • Drug Assays

    A Broadside Against The Way We Do Things Now

    There’s a paper out in Drug Discovery Today with the title “Is Poor Research the Cause of Declining Productivity in the Drug Industry? After reviewing the literature on phenotypic versus target-based drug discovery, the author (Frank Sams-Dodd) asks (and has asked before): The consensus of these studies is that drug discovery based on t… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Nassim Taleb on Scientific Discovery

    There’s an interesting article posted on Nassim Taleb’s web site, titled “Understanding is a Poor Substitute for Convexity (Antifragility)”. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I’ve been reading it over for its thoughts on how we do drug research. (This would appear to be an excerpt from, or summary of, some of… Read More
  • Who Discovers and Why

    The Age of Nobel Chemistry Laureates

    In anticipation of tomorrow’s Nobel Prize, here’s a graph of the average age of Nobel chemistry laureates. (Link via Stuart Cantrill). It runs about like you’d figure – lots of people in their 50s, which should make some of us feel good, I suppose (!) I’d like to see this charted over time to see… Read More