“So, yogurt. In 2007 scientists working for Danisco, a Danish food ingredient company now owned by Dupont, invented a method for encouraging virus resistance in Streptococcus thermophilus, a bacterium critical to yogurt and cheese production. “ Anne Fausto-Sterling at Boston Review takes a critical look at CRISPR.
Consider the octopus “an intelligent animal with entwining arms so filled with neurons that each of them possesses a separate personality”, says Philip Hoare at the New Statesman.
“And then there’s the truly wild card! All of these risks are based on the combinations of past exposures to measured lifestyle factors, but the mix of those and the rise of other new lifestyle factors, or the demise of past ones, means that the most fundamental of all predictors can itself not be predicted, not even in principle!” Anne Buchanan at The Mermaid’s Tale goes down the rabbit-hole of prediction in complex diseases.
Steve Silberman at Buzzfeed, on Oliver Sacks and autism: ‘“The autistic mind, it was supposed at that time, was incapable of self-understanding and understanding others and therefore of authentic introspection and retrospection,” Sacks told me. “How could an autistic person write an autobiography? It seemed a contradiction in terms.”’
“No one is entirely clear on how Brian Nosek pulled it off, including Nosek himself. Over the last three years, the psychologist from the University of Virginia persuaded some 270 of his peers to channel their free time into repeating 100 published psychological experiments to see if they could get the same results a second time around.” Ed Yong at The Atlantic wants to know How Reliable Are Psychology Studies.
The increasingly Dickensian experience of grant application. “it was the epoch of belief, We are totally going to get this grant! Science! How could anyone not think fetal surgery is the awesomest. This grant is great. The science so solid. The ideas so unique. Hashtag fundable. It was the epoch of incredulity, Why granting gods, oh why? Peer review will be a disaster. This is never going to fly. It’s due in 2 weeks and we still have so much to dooooooooo.” By Sally Winker at Beta Pleated Chic.
“Two years away from retirement, Dr Madhusudana is still haunted by the death of a 21-year-old student who was once in his care. Like Bhuvan and Veena she lived in a rural village, hours from Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka. She had been washing dishes behind her home in May 2013 when she was bitten twice by a street dog. The girl was injected with the rabies vaccine, but her treatment ended there. ” Mary-Rose Abraham at Mosaic on the fight against rabies.
Arjun Raj thinks of the trainees, and proposes his Top 10 Signs That a Paper/Field Is Bogus.
To finish on a lighter note, the latest viral scientific hashtag made the LA Times: “One minute later, Helena Ledmyr, a development officer at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility in Stockholm, copied the tweet and added the hashtag #scienceamoviequote”, by Karen Kaplan.