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Eric Lander Teaches?

John Hawks points out that Eric Lander has been appointed to co-chair Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology along with science adviser John Holdren and Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus. Here’s how the AP article describes Lander: Lander, who teaches at both MIT and Harvard, founded the Whitehead Institute-MIT Center for Genome Research in…

They are NOT fruit flies

In the recent kerfuffle over Sarah Palin’s disparaging remarks about “fruit fly” research, an important point was missed by the general public, scientists, and even Drosophila geneticists: she wasn’t talking about Drosophila. Now, this point has been clarified by a few people (notably Mike the Mad Biologist), and I think people are starting to get…

The Phylogenetics of Animal Testing

Phylogeny Friday — 30 May 2008 Research on animals in under attack throughout the world. Animal rights activists not only stage rallies against animal testing, but they also engage in criminal behavior. They vandalize property, sabotage experiments, and terrorize researchers. How can scientists fight back? Michael Conn and James Parker have written book documenting the…

Good-bye Frank!

Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), will be stepping down from that position in August. Collins has overseen the sequencing of the human genome, the HapMap project, the ENCODE project, and many other large advances in genomics. The NHGRI has had a major impact in the field of genetics while…

Who said this?

Someone was asked something along these lines by a member of some legislative body: How will your research help protect this country? That someone replied with something like this: It won’t, but it will keep this country worth protecting. The exact wording in those quotes probably differ from what was actually said. This isn’t a…

Varmus Screws the Pooch

Harold Varmus is one of the most high profile advocates of open access to biomedical research. As one of the cofounders of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), he has played an important role in making published results freely available to all. And he’s a Nobel Laureate, which ain’t too shaby either. Varmus was interviewed…

Matt Nisbet thinks that Francis Collins should be the next presidential science advisor. He does this after rejecting excellent popularizes of science, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and E.O. Wilson, on the following grounds: Most science popularizers such as Wilson or Tyson don’t have the years of government experience to understand the machinations of Federal…

Sciencedebate 2008

Are you bothered by the total disregard for science shown by some US presidential candidates? Mike Huckabee does not heart evolution. Other candidates aren’t saying much. Would you like to see where the candidates stand on various science and technology issues? Sheril and Chris at the Intersection have put together a campaign for a Science…

Where does your funding come from?

The Scientist blog reports that a representative of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was at the annual meeting of the America Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The NSF representative pointed out a couple of things things: If your proposal describes research designed to find a cure for some disease, the NSF will not fund it.…

Frank Wants a Shiny Prize

Please God, don’t let it happen. Please don’t let Franky Collins win this stupid award. I don’t usually make pleas to you, but, given that this is a matter regarding a man of faithTM, I figured it’s a good time to plea to the sky fairy. So, do whatever you can to prevent Congress from…