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Last spring NIH scientist Charles Natanson published a meta-analysis of studies on hemoglobin-based blood substitutes in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Natanson, C., Kern, S. J., Lurie, P., Banks, S. M. & Wolfe, S. M. J. Am. Med. Assoc. 299, 2304-2312 (2008)). Blood substitutes are . . . well . . . blood…

McCain wants to go full speed ahead for nuclear power (that’s a maverick’s way of dealing with climate change?) and Obama seems to feel friendly to it, too, as long as the waste disposal issue can be solved, satisfactorily (which it doesn’t seem it can be, but that’s another story). Everyone agrees that nuclear power…

Gag orders in public health

The headline was kind of strange: Doctor pays for ‘letting polio out of hospital’. It sounded like a hospital doctor had negligently let an infectious polio case out into the community. But in fact the doctor was the hero of the story:

The CDC Great Lakes report fiasco

We don’t especially like being anonymous on this blog but we feel it is prudent given the retributive nature of this administration. We don’t care that much ourselves as we are pretty well established. But we worry that our students, our colleagues and our institution will become collateral damage in retribution for things we say…

Lab accident at bioweapons facility

Lab accidents happen. Usually they happen because the technician, student or senior scientist thinks he or she is working with something safe. But they happen even if everyone knows there is dangerous stuff around. Like in a bioweapons laboratory. And when that happens, you don’t want to publicize it. Even if you are required to:

Locker room talk at CDC and FDA

I’m an academic, where criticizing the management is common, although sometimes hazardous. I was also a long time department chair so I know what it’s like to be on the other end. It’s part of the job, both sides. That’s not so true in government, even in those agencies where the culture is more like…