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This is a companion piece for my previous post on philanthropists in risky research funding. Private donors can be a blessing for research, but if you're interested in the sorry state of money in biomedical research, here's a more in-depth dive.
When it comes to funding in science, all bets are off. Philanthropists can fill the gaps neglected by federal funding.
"The Triumph of Death" is the first known accurate portrayal of the ancient disease, leprosy.
Science hero spotlight! An article in Nat Geo today talks about the efforts of Hawaiian singer-songwriter and environmentalist Jack Johnson to better our planet's health.
The answer: cancer therapy. Tumor removal is an invasive and stressful process for the body. After surgery, it's common for some straggling cancer cells to be left behind. With one's system in such a vulnerable state, the body's immune system often can't keep these rogue cells from spreading and causing the cancer to come back. …
A huge part of my motivation behind this blog was to promote civic engagement in science. My recently-published article in SynBioBeta News, entitled "Shouting from the Ivory Tower", talks about the problems of science being inaccessible and, often, unfriendly. One big cultural solution to this problem is for more trustworthy science-friendly public figures -- namely …
“I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that. I only discovered it by accident.” - Alexander Fleming Natural products – chemicals produced by organisms in nature – have been the basis of medicine for centuries. Aspirin is based on a chemical in willow tree bark. Morphine comes from the opium plant. Penicillin was discovered in a mold. Nature …
Article: Superbugs found in sea turtles' bums.
Proceed with caution: antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens is on the rise.