Will the United States start a smallpox threat creation program?

by jeeg 29. April 2014 01:13
  In May, the World Health Assembly will yet again consider the question of destruction of smallpox virus. In order to politically legitimize keeping smallpox samples, the United States appears to be positioning itself to begin research that will create new threats from this eradicated virus... [More]

Japanese Institute Opens Investigation Into Its Stem-Cell Breakthrough

by jeeg 18. February 2014 22:41
A Japanese government-funded science institute said it has opened an investigation in response to questions raised about images in a groundbreaking study on stem cells. The Riken research institute said Monday that it began the investigation Thursday, after allegations of irregularities in images... [More]

Should scientific fraud be treated as a crime?

by jeeg 13. February 2014 23:11
Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa — known for his tough questions for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — wants to know why a former researcher at Iowa State University wasn’t prosecuted more vigorously after he was found to have deliberately spiked rabbit blo... [More]

WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT? Big Data

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]

Ownership of Genes Stops Research

by jeeg 7. June 2013 20:58
Gene patents have both restricted and distorted research. The clearest example is the way Myriad Genetics has used its patents on BRCA genes to become the sole provider of comprehensive BRCA testing, shutting down many of the early BRCA testing services that were part of genetics research proj... [More]

Should patients understand that they are research subjects?

by jeeg 4. March 2013 21:45
While checking in last month for an appointment with my doctor, I was handed a clipboard and pen and asked to sign a Terms and Conditions of Service form. With a bit of time on my hands, I decided to actually read the document, instead of just checking the box and signing it. I was half ... [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]

Uninformed Consent

by jeeg 12. February 2013 22:40
Last year, after years of writing about research studies, I agreed to become a research subject myself.   I agreed to allow a local medical center to use my tissue, health records, fluids, cells, and other “specimens” for research. Not only that – I also allowed the re... [More]

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland warns against destruction of DNA database

by jeeg 25. January 2013 00:48
The RCPI has expressed "serious concern" at what it termed HSE plans to permanently destroy the DNA records of every baby born in Ireland between 1984 and 2002. "This will result in the permanent loss of a genetic database of the Irish population, a unique bio-historical archive of pre-immig... [More]
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