Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2010

Well thank goodness for that. It must be perfectly fine then, I suppose. Nevada Republican Senate candidate, Sharron Angle supported a prison anti-drug program that raised some controversy due to its ties to Scientology. Angle, in an interview, replied (italics mine): Seeking to “clear the record,” Angle told us “I am not even sure that…

Links 6/21/10

Monday. Bleech. Maybe some links will fix things? Science: Nighttime Beach Cleanup Will Be Deadly for Sea Turtle Hatchlings Cousteau Says Technology Can Clean Gulf Oil Now C. Diff and how dentists overuse antibiotics Other: On the Curious and Misguided Defenses of BP McCaskill says she has votes to end Senate practice of secret holds

This post might put me at odds with much of the science bloggysphere, but I think a lot of the concern over congressional and FDA hearings over whether ‘over-the-counter’ genetic screening and genome sequencing should be regulated is overblown. Maybe my feelings are influenced by my concerns about the misuse of antibiotics–in the case of…

Links 6/20/10

It’s a stormy Sunday. Might as well read links. Science: Legionnaires’ Disease Linked with Wiper Fluid The Human Genome Project: Hype meets reality Reebok inoculates workers after at least 1 gets measles (but VAKSEENZ R EVUL!!!) Pan-resistant?? The rise of Acinetobacter In which I have seen the future of science, and it is female Other:…

One of the problems with the rise of behavioral economics is that too often behavior is defined as irrational, the result of cognitive screwups. I’ve dealt with this issue before, but James Kwak convincingly argues that the BP oil disaster is not due to a cognitive failure to assess risk:

Links 6/19/10

Are you shomer shabbos? If not, here are some links. Science: Science is sufficient for any inference Genetics & the Jews (it’s still complicated) News break: Developing-world drug resistance Other: More Dirty Details From My BP Mole Grace Slick. Marty Balin. Paul Kanta. Jorma. . . Something. These are the members of the Airplane

The reason your dividends were (past tense) higher than U.S. Treasury yields is because there was risk involved in this investment, even if you pretended otherwise. That’s why you get more money back–because you’re holding more risk. Privately held companies are not back by the full faith and credit of sovereign states. Welcome to the…

Links 6/18/10

It’s quittin’ time! Links for you. Science: Multiple vaccines in infants are harmful, a theory disproved Ozzy Osborne. Now genomics is getting somewhere. Sperm whale poo offsets carbon by fertilising the oceans with iron Nature’s Bubble Business Model Other: Medicare cuts will strengthen doctors’ negotiating position Tea Partiers Have No Use For Emergency Services Rebranding…

By way Atrios, I stumble across a list of ways to combat unemployment put together by progressive wonks–and it explains why the so-called left is so politically impotent (I’ve removed the elaborative paragraphs): 1) Offer bonuses for long-term unemployed persons who find work. 2) Offer bolstered work-search help for the long-term unemployed. 3) Expand retraining…

Or more precisely, why do some patients not follow their doctors’ orders even when it is blindingly obvious that they should do so? In Monday’s NY Times there was an interesting article about patients who are being paid to take their medicine in a reliable manner. I was going to write about the payment issue…