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Open science, openly arrived at

As an academic researcher I don’t write grant proposals for a living, although sometimes it feels like I do. I need grants to do my work, but I also need to get to work and I don’t consider myself to be commuting for a living. Although sometimes it feels like I do. Having said that,…

A scientific ethics of code

I’m a scientist and my research is supported by NIH, i.e., by American taxpayers. More importantly, the science I do is for anyone to use. I claim no proprietary rights. That’s what science is all about. We make our computer code publicly available, not just by request, but posted on the internet, and it is…

The Tamiflu doesn’t work non-story

The other day the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a clutch of articles about whether Tamiflu was as useful a drug as some have touted. I read the main article, another one of the Cochrane Collaborative meta-analyses of the studies they deem useful about any particular subject, and it didn’t seem to make much news.…

One of the by-products of the brouhaha (here, here) over The Atlantic article on vaccines was some interesting issues raised by the way the Knight Science Journalism Tracker handled it (here, here). If you aren’t familiar with KSJ Tracker, it’s a site that does “peer review” of science journalism. It’s goal “is to provide a…

When the Wall Street Journal called attention to a claim that the Journal of the American Medical Association called a whistle-blower a “nobody” and a “nothing,” a claim JAMA denied, I didn’t know what to think. I was inclined to give JAMA the benefit of the doubt. Whatever dealings I’ve had (and they are few)…

John Conyers (D., Michigan) is a liberal Democrat. As head of the Judiciary Committee he has always carried water for the IP crowd. He’s at it again. And he isn’t alone. When it comes to paying off campaign contributers this is a non-partisant issue:

WHO embargoes health information

This post is about something I’ve wanted to write about for a while, but never found the time. That’s still true, but I’ve just spent five days as a natural environment for a norovirus or something similar. The good news is I lost 5 pounds. But the bad news — and there was a lot…

I don’t suppose I can sue somebody for negligence resulting in impairment of my mental health. But if I could, I would surely go after the assholes at the PRISM coalition, an alleged grassroots group (such front groups for industry are often called astroturf groups) whose task in life is to lock up tax payer…

If you live in the US pay taxes and some of those taxes go to support important basic research into the causes of disease. Most of that research is disbursed through an elaborate peer-reviewed granting system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The point of doing that research is to tell the world scientific…

Nature Precedings

It is infuriating how stodgy biomedical sciences are in terms of information sharing. It’s not clear how much of this is bred of inherent conservatism, the pressures of a very competitive field or just plain technobackwardness. But while mathematics and physics have had preprint servers for years, biomedicine has had nothing or virtually nothing (that…