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It’s been a roller coaster of a week for Charles E Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. (Wikipedia history here). As we noted earlier this week, Jordan’s Shivani Sud took first prize in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work on biochemical markers of stage II colon cancer. The Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science…

UCLA to sue animal rights terrorists

Following the second terrorist action against UCLA’s Dr Edie London and her other research colleagues, and the outcries of support that ensued, the institution is taking bold and well-justified action. This just in from Americans for Medical Progress: UCLA is suing to protect researchers from animal extremists Legal action follows attempted firebombings and harassment Phil…

Last week, we discussed the cowardly terrorist act toward UCLA’s Dr Edythe London which was then expanded upon quite forcefully by Mark Hoofnagle at his denialism blog. While we spend a fair bit of time around these parts questioning the leadership of the US national health agency, this statement of response from NIH is quite…

Readers and colleagues often ask why scientists care to blog, especially given increasing time demands and decreasing research funding. For me, the blog is an opportunity to have discussions with colleagues from diverse research areas all around the world. Quite often, I learn something quite new that I would not normally encounter in my chosen…

If you read nothing else: Men with prostate cancer should avoid any dietary supplement containing testosterone (or anything that sounds like it) or that offers claims of increased virility, sexual performance, or increased muscle mass. Consumption of a herbal/hormone dietary supplement has been linked to two cases of aggressive prostate cancer as reported in a…

Erleichda is the nom de plume of a guest blogger who contributes regularly to The Friday Fermentable columns. The act of contributing a column periodically on the topic of wine is consistent with the philosophy embodied in his pseudonym, i.e., to “lighten up” (from ‘Jitterbug Perfume’ by Tom Robbins). Erleichda holds a PhD in microbiology…

First anniversary of DrugMonkey

We’re a little bit late here in wishing the DrugMonkey blog a happy 1st blogiversary. Contributors DrugMonkey, BikeMonkey, and PhysioProf have had a very productive year of offering valuable career advice for graduate and postgraduate trainees in the biomedical sciences, general discussions on NIH grant funding, and various topics in neuroscience. The sci/med blogosphere is…

This missive came in yesterday from NIH, apparently sent to all investigators funded by the agencies: A recent open letter to Secretary Leavitt (PDF here) from Dr. Roland Nardone and several experts in cell biology highlighted an important methodological issue associated with research involving cultured cells. The letter identifies a number of instances in which…

Leave it to PharmGirl, MD, to point me in the direction of a story that addresses the core theme of this blog: not only can medicines come from the Earth, but the Earth can itself be medicine. This time we’re not talking about South Carolina “sandlappers” as detailed in my inaugural post here as authored…

PhysioProf goes solo!

The word on the e-streets is that DrugMonkey co-blogger, PhysioProf, has hung out a new shingle at. . .PhysioProf, the blog. (So as not to confuse the issues, DrugMonkey is the lead blogger at DrugMonkey the blog. . .does that make sense?). But we get the best of both worlds: PhysioProf will still be continuing…