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  • 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
  • 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
  • Current Events

    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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