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With tears in my eyes and my head bowed in deep respect, I share with you the account of Kevin Leitch’s vasectomy via Twitter: http://twitter.com/kevleitch Kev is an autism and manic depression advocate in West Midlands, UK, who blogs at LeftBrainRightBrain and was one of my earliest followers on Twitter. (P.S. you can follow me…

The motivation of disease

Regular readers know that I am a big fan of the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. While the WSJ is often most associated by us lefties with its conservative op-ed page, the Journal has consistently maintained a high standard for science and medical reporter (which I hope continues under Rupert Murdoch). With that said, Jacob…

Misha Angrist’s Naked Genome

Picking up the Sunday paper after walking the PharmBeagle, I saw Dr Misha Angrist of the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy featured on the frontpage of the local fishwrapper. Ace higher ed reporter, Eric Ferreri, put together a lovely article on this local hero. As Misha notes elsewhere: In 2007 I became…

PalMD has a nice post up at denialism blog reviewing a recent NYT article on a foundation run by DKNY’s Donna Karan donating $850,000 USD to Beth Israel Medical Center to study the combination of Eastern and Western healing methods. PalMD has the details but he then gets into an area about which I am…

GFP slideshow at WSJ Health Blog

Scott Hensley, editor of the WSJ Health Blog, just reminded me that his colleague and blog lead writer, Jacob Goldstein, put together a neat slideshow on the fluorescent marine proteins for which this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded. I’ve been a bit behind in my reading of other blogs so it was refreshing…

You probably thought this was going to be about Dr Robert Gallo. Driving in to lab this morning I heard Dan Charles’ story on NPR’s Morning Edition about the unheralded scientist, Dr Douglas Prasher, who first cloned the green fluorescent protein gene from Aequorea victoria in 1992, as published in Gene. This amazing laboratory tool,…

I am about to lead a discussion of science and medical blogs with a group of journalism students in a course entitled, Medical Journalism. While many of the students are specifically majoring in medical and science journalism in a master’s program, some are undergraduates in general journalism and mass communications looking to get a flavor…

A couple of colleagues turned me on the other morning to a press release by researchers at the University of Warwick who recently published in PNAS that their data apparently overturns the Meyer-Overton Rule regarding solubility of a compound in olive oil and its propensity for crossing biological membranes. I’m having trouble understanding exactly why…

The statin class of cholesterol-lowering agents is rich with history and lessons in the power of natural products, the potential of the prepared mind, and just how precarious the path of drug development can be. American Scientist, the official publication of the scientific research society Sigma Xi, hosts this issue an absolutely lovely article entitled,…

An open letter to the Framing Wars: Can we start by just considering Chris Mooney as a person distinct from Matt Nisbet? The problem I see is that Chris is suffering blogospheric vitriol far beyond his own comments because of his association with Matt Nisbet. To the best of my knowledge, Matt Nisbet is a…