GENETIC PRIVACY: GATTACA REVISITED? It’s not a formal part of the cruel, terrifying Trumpcare/Ryancare bill Congress is considering to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But last week a Congressional committee approved another piece of cruel, terrifying medical legislation.
SCIENCE ADVISERS AND SCIENCE ADVICE The new Administration hardly lacks for Fake News, but surely one of the best such items is the rumor that Trump planned to appoint 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate (and climate-change denier)
Here’s the annual On Science Blogs look back at some of last year’s doings in science and medicine. At least some were encouraging. Still, many believe that 2016 has concluded not a moment too soon,
DEAR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP . . . It’s open season on open letters from scientists to President-elect Donald Trump, three of them to date, urging that he pay them more attention. The Union of Concerned Scientists
If there’s a topic even more politicized than the US presidential election, it’s GMOs . (GMOs are genetically modified organisms, the products of genetic engineering, and opposition to them usually centers on GM crop plants.)
JOHN OLIVER VS. BIG PHARMA AGAIN John Oliver took on Big Pharma again last Sunday (Oct. 23) with his trademark savage (but solid) harangue. This time his topic was the opioid epidemic and its accompanying
Prostate cancer disputes and media matters: Watchful waiting OK? Is there a surge? Is cancer a disease of modern times?
PROSTATE CANCER: WATCHFUL WAITING IS PROBABLY SAFE The prostate-specific antigen test for prostate cancer was developed in the 1990s, quickly followed by an explosion of PSA screening for the disease and a further explosion of
TOM WOLFE ON EVOLUTION AND DARWIN AND CHOMSKY Bango! The famed New Journalist Tom Wolfe’s takedown of Charles Darwin and evolution is apparently his usual over-the-top hoot. This I relay second-hand because I haven’t read
TOWARD A TALKING DOG The news that Hungarian scientists have confirmed that dogs can understand human language, both the meaning of specific words and the emotion behind them, is not deeply shocking. Even non-dog people
MARIJUANA RESEARCH IS NOW EASIER TO DO. MAYBE. If you thought the recent Drug Enforcement Administration announcement that new regulations would make research on medical marijuana easier would make research on medical marijuana easier, think