New research can make old drugs better…or in this case at least good enough. It’s important to remember that cancer research is not just about coming with novel treatments but also to understand the biology of cancer so that we can figure out why existing treatments do not work as well as they could […]
Rationality is a foreign country and apparently the nature of the language we use to make decisions might make us more rational. If you are using a language where you are relatively competent but is not your mother tongue you are more likely to make decisions in a rational way. I can see the logic […]
Do elite universities matter if you are a scientist? Well, they do in many respects or at least, if they did I could come with serveral reasons. Possibly smarter colleagues to collaborat with? check. A large pool of bright students to supervise? check. Better facilities and resources? check. Better chances of getting papers published and […]
Why are we so happy to believe in quackery… …and why are some people on the other hand so reluctant to believe on what we have solid evidence for?
When cancer treatments do more harm than good For instance, when relatively widely used chemotherapy like erlotinib can increase the proportion of cancer stem cells in common tumours
Credit where is due? Detailing the roles of each author in a paper is better than merely assuming that only the first and last person in an author list matter. This is particularly important in interdisciplinary research where every project will involve a number of people performing the actual work (AKA postdocs) and a number […]
Medical hackathons An interesting piece in Slate. Traditionally hackathons have been one way to drive innovation in the technology and internet sectors. Turns out that they also have a place in the medical sector as long as technology has something to do with it. Slate’s article reminds me of the workshops that Sandy Anderson […]
Explaining evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson style Perfect? maybe not but what’s perfect when you have to address such a diverse audience. Did I enjoy the show? sure!
Emotional science Some people might think that scientists are extremely rational people lacking emotions. Some bouts of manic laughter asides think of them as some version of vulcans? Not quite the truth. For a theoretical scientist like Andrei Linde, the experimental confirmation of his hypothesis can be quite emotional.
(IBM’s) Dr Watson is a doctor in oncology The idea is to use existing genomics data and try to find the biochemical picture of glioblastomas and improve how they are treated these days.