When Food Is Genetically Modified

by jeeg 4. May 2015 23:27
To the Editor: Re “How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food” (NY Times Sunday Review, April 26): Mark Lynas claims that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of consuming G.M.O. plants. There is nothing intrinsically safe or dangerous when genes from distant species are introduced in... [More]

Y All the Hype?

by jeeg 9. May 2014 21:22
  Last month two Nature studies on the Y chromosome were in the news, trumpeted as revealing “differences in men’s and women’s bodies, differences found as deep down as the cellular level.” The coverage of the studies offers an allegory for our age about the way scien... [More]


by jeeg 23. January 2014 22:17
No, I don't literally mean that we should stop believing in, or collecting, Big Data. But we should stop pretending that Big Data is magic. There are few fields that wouldn't benefit from large, carefully collected data sets. But lots of people, even scientists, put more stock in Big Data than... [More]

Science has lost its way, at a big cost to humanity

by jeeg 1. November 2013 21:26
    In today's world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science. You'd be wrong. Many billions of dollars' worth of wrong. A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech ... [More]

Big Data: Bad science on steroids?

by jeeg 25. February 2013 18:41
In case you didn’t realize, we’re living in the era of big data. From sequencing the molecules of human life to divine our futures, to capturing fodder on Twitter to predict disease outbreaks, big data’s potential is massive. It’s the new black gold, after all, and it can... [More]

An Epidemic of False Claims

by jeeg 2. June 2011 00:03
False positives and exaggerated results in peer-reviewed scientific studies have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. The problem is rampant in economics, the social sciences and even the natural sciences, but it is particularly egregious in biomedicine. Many studies that claim some d... [More]

Sexual discrimination against women in science may be institutional

by jeeg 8. February 2011 23:25
When it comes to worrying about the underrepresentation of women in science, especially at higher levels, are we stuck in the past? A paper published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that we are. Researchers Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams from Cornell... [More]

Obama administration issues science guidelines

by jeeg 23. December 2010 04:02
The White House on Friday released its long-delayed scientific integrity guidelines, intended to ban political interference in science. President Barack Obama campaigned on scientific integrity after scientists and others complained that Bush administration officials distorted scientific work... [More]

U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 22. December 2010 06:08
The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology. In a report being issued Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues says that at... [More]

Retiring Lawmakers on Cutting the Science Pie, 'Selling the Sizzle'

by jeeg 11. November 2010 20:01
Scientists need to change the tenor of the debate to avoid having research swept up in a larger budget cutting exercise by the next Congress.   That's one of many pieces of advice to the U.S. research community from four veteran legislators who have been strong supporters of academ... [More]
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