Woman loses arm, shoulder, and breast after “bath salt” injection

Well, let’s get the hat-tips up fron first. My kind friend and autism advocate Liz Ditz at I Speak of Dreams tweeted me last night to point me to a NPR “Shots” blogpost by Nancy Shute, journalisticus awesomeii and current president of the National Association of Science Writers.

Together, these two erudite women have led me to forego having breakfast this morning.

ResearchBlogging.orgShute cited a new report in the journal Orthopedics (free html and PDF) where Dr. Russell Russo and colleagues at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans describe the case of a 34-year-old woman who presented with a two-day history of a bad swollen and painful forearm. A small red puncture wound was visible and she admitted to injecting herself intramuscularly with a “bath salt” product – intramuscular after she was unable to find vascular access. Sadly, this was a person with a serious substance abuse disorder as she also tested positive for cocaine, opiates (drugs like morphine or OxyContin), and benzodiazepine (drugs like Valium, Klonopin, or Xanax).

Bath salts are the colloquial name for a class of products marketed similarly to synthetic marijuana but very different in chemical composition. While also smoked and snorted, bath salts contain one or more stimulant drugs called synthetic cathinones – specifically mephedrone (or 4-methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC) or MDPV (or methylenedioxypyrovalerone). My neuroscience researcher and blogger colleague DrugMonkey is an authority on these compounds and has written extensively at his blogs. This category search is a good place to start but this single post and its links are best.

The woman’s condition responded briefly overnight to a course of broad-spectrum, intravenous antibiotics (penicillin G and clindamycin).

Then all hell broke loose.

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From the Archives: ScienceOnline’09 Winetasting (and a new, alcohol-free PSA)

I had a Twitter exchange last night with ScienceOnline2012 co-organizer Karyn Traphagen about a great upcoming event at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, the place where she works when not running the behind-the-scenes madness. On February 9, they will be hosting a Science of Wine event and she mused on Twitter as to whether such a thing would be good to have for this year’s ScienceOnline meeting.

The conversation brought back lovely memories of such a similar event I put together for the unconference in 2009. I revived the following post from back then to illustrate the fun community that comes together around SciencesOnline (is that the proper plural form?).

However, I do want to make the point that despite much attention to the ethanolic libations at ScienceOnline (see the #drunksci Twitter hashtag), we are also very sensitive to those who may not wish to consume alcohol for cultural or medical reasons. (FYI, we had Bora walking around the winetasting with his characteristic glass of Coke – the soda, not the alkaloid).

As scientists, we know that 18 million US citizens have an alcohol use disorder, a rate of roughly 6% (source: NIAAA’s Rethinking Drinking). Assuming that rate is roughly the same across all US and international attendees, that means around 30 ScienceOnliners are likely to wish to stay away from alcohol for health reasons – plus those who otherwise don’t drink. Just so those of you know, it’s totally cool and this is a truly accepting and understanding crowd. You’ll still have fun and you will certainly have other compatriots. I have been known to consume large quantities of club soda with lime so you can hang with me.

But for those of you wishing to imbibe, you may care to read a bit about how we’ve approached it in the past, in a responsible and intellectually-satisfying manner. With 56% of this year’s attendees coming for the first time, here’s a little taste – as it were – of the awesomesauce that is ScienceOnline.

This post appeared originally at the ScienceBlogs home of Terra Sigillata on 3 April 2009.

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Arikia Millikan, then-Intern at ScienceBlogs.com (now gainfully employed Ex-Intern), demonstrates her facility in liveblogging the comparison between two pinot noirs.

So why has it taken me exactly 11 weeks to write this post? I think it’s because once we post it, I have to let go of how awesome this event was. But, this post has been sitting in my queue for way too long. So, now, I must finally tell all regular readers about our proposed live winetasting on 16 January at ScienceOnline’09.

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As you may know, about 240 science bloggers and associated miscreants gathered in Research Triangle Park, NC, in mid-January to discuss all things about communicating science online. On the opening night of the conference, the Duke University Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group sponsored a fantastic talk by journalist, Rebecca Skloot, author of the upcoming book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and blogger at Culture Dish.


In the hour prior to Rebecca’s talk, I had gathered a couple dozen folks who signed up in advance to join me to compare four really nice wines, selected for the occasion by Craig Heffley (Grand Poobah Wine Swami), co-owner of Wine Authorities, an internationally-recognized Durham, NC, wine merchant and community resource and gathering place.

With his business partner, Seth Gross, away in Austria and Germany on a wine scouting trip (which he blogged), Craig was still generous enough to spend about an hour-and-a-half with me at the store coming up with these selections for The Friday Fermentable Live! The group of 20-25 was comprised of first-time wine tasters and experienced enthusiasts, local Bull City folk and guests from Berlin, Helsinki, and Toronto, youngsters of 22 and others of us, uh, older than 22.

I’ve gotta hand it to Craig for recognizing the wide variety of folks we were trying to please. After much deliberation, we concurred on having a demonstration of Old World and New World wines from the same grape and then show off a nice American red comparison.

Craig suggested a fine American chardonnay to compare with a French white Burgundy:

2005 Lynmar Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley, CA) – $33.99
2005 Eric de Suremain, Rully 1er Cru Blanc (Burgundy, France) – $27.99

For the American red, Craig suggested we compare a California pinot noir with that of Oregon, where pinot is doing best in the States.

2007 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills, CA) – $37.99
2006 Lemelson Pinot Noir, Thea’s Selection (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – $36.99

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Yes, yes, I know that these price points are well outside my normally stated goals for postdoc- or grad student-friendly wines but, hell, I was buying and these people are my friends, or at least friends that I hadn’t yet met.

Let it go forth from this time and place: if you come to my town, you get treated well. (My Mom will remember my late father saying to my college friends who I’d bring home, “We don’t want you to go home and tell your family you were at the Kroll’s house and they didn’t give you enough to eat or drink.”)

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Scicurious held forth on the concept of “legs”: the characteristic of wine that causes it to remain or ride up on the inside of the glass upon swirling. In many cases, this is due to the viscosity of the wine and its glycerol content. This characteristic is often used as a determinant of a wine’s quality. Sadly, some winemakers now add glycerol to their wines to make them appear higher in quality. Damn chemistry!

The chardonnays gave us a chance to talk about other microorganisms used in the fermentation process besides yeast. The process of malolactic fermentation is often used for chardonnay, usually with Oenococcus oeni or a Lactobacillus spp., to “soften” the wine in converting malic acid (a typical apple flavor) to lactic acid (a smoother, milk/cheese flavor). Together with the vanillin extracted by aging in oak barrels, this approach imparts a creamy flavor to the wine.

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Our colleague, PalMD, who knows everything from the pharmacotherapy of sexually-transmitted diseases to writing about the humanity of being a father and physician, pretty much crystallized and moderated the discussion. Not only does the camera love PalMD, but he is exactly the warm soul in person that you would anticipate from his writing. And even though we moderated a session the next day on pseudonymity and building a reputation in blogging, we still did not spend enough time together.

And here is Prof Janet Stemwedel (aka Dr Free-Ride) demonstrating her focus and dedication to the task at hand, appropriately kneeling at the altar of wine:

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About halfway through, the Ex-Intern, Arikia Millikan (featured at the top of the post), reminded me that I had signed up with Ustream.tv to send out live video of the tasting, so caught up was I in the socializing. We did get the session up and were then joined by DrugMonkey, Isis, and Mike Dunford (The Questionable Authority), with GrrlScientist at the controls of the chat board. I have no idea what was said under my username and am glad that the broadcast was not saved to the archives. Next year, I’ll try to be sure to have this working from the start and announce the wines in advance so that all of you could join us.

There is obviously much more to write but I have the good fortune of conducting this winetasting with fellow bloggers. So, many thanks to all who joined us and blogged about our Friday evening:

Adventures in Ethics and Science – Janet Stemwedel – ScienceOnline’09: Live-blogging a Friday Fermentable wine tasting

björn.brembs.blog – Björn Brembs – ScienceOnline09: FridayFermentable liveblogging wine tasting

Deep Thoughts and Silliness – Bob O’Hara – ScienceOnline09: Live-blogging the wine tasting

Expression Patterns – Eva Amsen – Friday Fermentable Liveblog

Fairer Science – Pat Campbell – First wines

Lecturer Notes – Propter Doc – The Friday Fermentable

Sciencewomen – Sciencewoman – Friday night at ScienceOnline

the path forward – leigh – leigh is a busy, busy bee

Thesis – with Children – acmegirl – Liveblogging – with Wine

For those of you interested in more economically approachable wines, Craig also selected the two offerings served for the Duke WiSE reception before Rebecca’s talk, a 2007 Valdesil Godello “Montenovo” (Valdeoras, Spain – $11.99) and a 2007 Altosur Malbec (Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina – $9.99). Hitting a varied group of nearly 300 attendees for Rebecca’s talk, Craig suggested the Godello not only because it is my new favorite white grape, but because it exhibits the best of many styles without being pigeonholed – a clean balance of the mineral soils of northwestern Spain with white peach and pear flavors. Craig and Seth have also had the Altosur Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon on their Enomatic and I’m hardpressed to find another $10 bottle of this quality and complexity. Craig suggested we offer the Malbec because, “You never hear anyone say they hate Malbec.” Good enough for me.

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Finally, for the Saturday night banquet I arranged at the Radisson RTP, headquarters hotel for the conference, I had an ethical responsibility to be sure our guests were not subjected to the hotel house wine, Trinity Oaks, insipid corporate plonk for which they charged $20/bottle. (In contrast, the food was superb and the hotel staff amazingly accommodating to our guests.). Even with the hotel’s $10 corkage fee, Craig helped me bring in two lovely $10 offerings that were far superior for the same $20 total:

2008 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

2006 Domaine Pinchinat, Venus de Pinchinat Rouge (Provence, France)

I was particularly pleased with these two, especially after the German, Swedish, and M.D. Anderson-trained scientist, Björn Brembs, stopped me the next day to tell me that he and his ladyfriend enjoyed both – high praise from a globetrotting scientist who hails from the only European city where I’ve been invited to speak (Würzburg, Germany) and one of my favorite wine appellations, Franconia.

Anyway, if there is a ScienceOnline’10, I hope to host another wine tasting if for nothing else than to spend some fun time with my valued colleagues, readers, colleagues who have become readers, and readers who have become colleagues.

Photo credits:

Me: Arikia Millikan, PalMD, computer screen

Eva Amsen: Janet Stemwedel

AlexKL: Tom Kibler, Radisson dinner
In fact, Alex has the best collection of photographs from the entire weekend, including several more from the tasting and a superb shot of Rebecca after her talk.

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Science Writing Sampler Platter

An exciting part of my new job at the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is that I’ll also have a faculty appointment somewhere in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

One of my new colleagues is Dr. Cat Warren, Associate Professor of English at State and editor of Academe magazine (and accompanying blog) of the American Association of University Professors.

If all goes well, I’m hoping to be able to contribute to the curriculum for the Master of Science in Technical Communication in the NCSU Department of English.

Cat asked me for a few representative posts to share with my potential new colleagues and I thought I’d put them up here under a single URL. While I do have a sampler over and up to the right – and include one of those posts below – I wanted to provide a more broad overview of my writing from the five blogs where I have a presence.

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Category: Academia, Blogging community, Botany, Chemistry, Dietary Supplements, HeLa, History, Natural Products Chemistry, Natural Products Pharmacology, North Carolina, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Science Journalism, The American South, The Working Scientist | 1 Comment

Science ed-tech curator wanted for The Daily Planet

Alrighty. Last call on a job here in North Carolina for an impassioned science educator with an excellent grasp on interactive technologies for bringing local and international science to diverse audiences. The position is still open through Thursday, 29 December for Curator of The Daily Planet at the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

The SECU Daily Planet is the 42-foot (13 m), three-story high visual centerpiece of the new research center I’ll be joining next week. We need someone with talent to engage equally with K-12 students and teachers, scientists in-person and via uplink, and all sorts of folks interested in sciences (and those who don’t yet know they are interested in sciecnce!).

Scientists will be able to use the media-rich resources and dynamic images of the SECU Daily Planet to augment their programs and to better field questions from the audience, immersing viewers into the world of the presenter’s field of research and allowing visitors to dig deeper by asking questions of personal interest to them. Live Internet access will enable SECU Daily Planet speakers to download, stream and import content.

At special times, this venue will broadcast programs via television and radio, courtesy of the NRC’s partnership with WRAL (CBS affiliate), UNC-TV (PBS affiliate), and UNC public radio.

More details on The Daily Planet can be found here.

Here’s a brief rundown of the job as listed on the North Carolina Office of State Personnel website where the job is listed here:

Description of Work
This position oversees the programming of the Daily Planet Theater, reaching audiences both in the museum and in remote locations, seven days a week. Duties will include: Coordination, development, delivery and evaluation of programming for the Daily Planet Theater, including programs for the public and curriculum-correlated programs for school groups; working with scientists and researchers (local and remote) both to develop programs and to facilitate their presentations in the Daily Planet; joint supervision of the Daily Planet technician with AV; establishing a science communication workshop; arranging and appearing in media related to Daily Planet Programming; overseeing budget and statistics; and leading development of volunteer recruitment and training programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1) Extensive computer literacy and experience working with complex, state-of-the-art technology; 2) Strong background in teaching and presenting programs in science; 3) Expertise in developing effective educational programs for any age or ability level; 4) Skill at successfully managing formal and informal relationships with partners such as donors, peers, professional colleagues, science researchers and government agencies; 5) Leadership experience and the ability to work productively and harmoniously with many diverse groups as well as the ability to work independently; 6) Extensive knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the natural world.

Training and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in zoology, botany, or other natural science curriculum related to the area of work assigned and three years of curatorial and/or teaching experience in natural science, including some supervisory experience; or three years as a science teacher if filling an educational position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Preferred: Training and/or equivalent experience in a natural science museum, nature center or park system. Five years experience providing educational programs to the general public and groups of different ages, including grade school through high school.

The most important thing about applying for this position – or any state position in North Carolina – is filling out the formal state application for employment, lovingly called the PD-107. One MUST use this form in addition to submitting other required info.

Go to this page to download the Word or PDF versions of the PD-107.

SPECIAL NOTE: In the “major duties” box for each position in your work history, be absolutely sure to indicate skills that match the job listing. DO NOT write, “see CV” or “see resumé.”

Learn from my mistakes: it is extremely important to list specific skills otherwise the application will not even make it to the hiring manager.

Email me if you have any questions.

For whatever reason, the job posting link deletes the contact information for the Human Resources Manager, most importantly the fax number.

Here is who the application goes to:

Contact Person: Laura Oakley
Contact Agency: Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Contact Address: 1626 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1626
Contact Phone: 919-733-7450
Contact Fax: 919-716-0094

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Wanna be Chief Webmaster at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences?

You have until tomorrow, 23 December, to get your application in to join me and a brilliant, fun team of scientists, writers, and educators at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

(For those not aware of my career change next month, I wrote over at Terra Sigillata about my upcoming move to become science communications director of the Nature Research Center (NRC) of the Museum.)

Chief Webmaster job posting here.


The Business and Technology Applications Analyst (Chief Webmaster) is primarily responsible for overseeing day-to-day operation and maintenance of web- based media and all emerging social media platforms emanating from the Museum, Prairie Ridge Ecostation and the Nature Research Center, opening in early 2012. Specifically, the position will: provide programming support for new and legacy website applications; help update website content; update, maintain and administer databases with online content; maintain all websites associated with the Museum; possess aptitude and motivation to develop and continually update personal knowledge of emerging software applications, programming languages and hardware. Must share relevant information with Museum Web team and act as liaison to upper management personnel. This person will also help train staff to create/update pertinent content online via the Web, blogs and help coordinate social communications for the Museum.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

This person must be fluent with various Web, database protocols, including but not limited to Drupal, HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Linux and Javascript. The person must have a good understanding of Web standards and help manage two-way communication inquiries from the public sector. Must be able to integrate knowledge and skills from a range of technologies, and to research and implement new technologies to create innovative solutions. Must have good communication skills.

See the complete Chief Webmaster job posting here.

The most important thing about applying for this position – or any state position in North Carolina – is filling out the formal state application for employment, lovingly called the PD-107. One MUST use this form in addition to submitting other required info.

Go to this page to download the Word or PDF versions of the PD-107.

SPECIAL NOTE: In the “major duties” box for each position in your work history, be absolutely sure to indicate skills that match the job listing. DO NOT write, “see CV” or “see resumé.”

Learn from my mistakes: it is extremely important to list specific skills otherwise the application will not even make it to the hiring manager.

Email me if you have any questions.

For whatever reason, the job posting link deletes the contact information for the Human Resources Manager, most importantly the fax number (since tomorrow is the deadline)

Here is who the application goes to:

Contact Person: Laura Oakley
Contact Agency: Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Contact Address: 1626 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1626
Contact Phone: 919-733-7450
Contact Fax: 919-716-0094

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Sharing Science at Skeptically Speaking

A brainy, free, and fun online and radio chat-type call-in show on all things science. Hosted by Desiree Schell and edited by K.O. Myers. Awesomesauce. From Canada, of course.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Canadian radio host Desiree Schell for her wildly-successful show, Skeptically Speaking. The episode on which yours truly appears can be accessed here.

Launched in March 2009, the show airs live on Sunday evenings at 6 pm Mountain Time on UStream where one can discuss the show and asks questions by live chat. The show also includes a previously recorded segment with another scientist and is then edited and distributed for rebroadcast to stations and networks across North America. The shorter pre-recorded segment where I appeared to speak about my most popular topic of the last two years on this blog, synthetic marijuana compounds.

Here’s how the Skeptically Speaking team describes the show:

With humour, enthusiasm and a lot of curiosity, Skeptically Speaking guides you through the fascinating world of science and critical thinking. We interview researchers, authors and experts to help listeners understand the evidence, arguments and science behind what’s in the news and on the shelves. A basic understanding of science, combined with a little bit of skepticism, goes a long way.

Note: The term “skepticism” may be new to you. If that’s the case, click here.

I’m not entirely guilty of self-promotion here because I primarily wanted to mention that the first two-thirds of the show – the live part – was an interview with my neuropharmacologist friend, Scicurious, author of The Scicurious Brain blog at the Scientific American blog network and Neurotic Physiology at Scientopia. Sci has a gift for offering laser-sharp science in a hip, conversational manner.

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Pseudoscience Sunday

Fake science? Real science?

Critical thinking skills are important for everyone, especially when your money and health are involved.

Well, if your bullshit detector is on the fritz – or just has that not-so-fresh feeling – you’re in luck today. Two great articles – a blogpost and an old-fashioned print media piece – will set you on the straight and narrow.

First, Emily Willingham has a handy checklist and explainer to help regular folks distinguish between product and treatment claims made based on real science vs. fake science. This gem appears at the awesome new Double X Science blog, subtitled “Science, I am just that into you.”

Second, Chicago Tribune science and medical reporter Trine Tsouderos provides us with an in-depth analysis of research grants by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). I’ve been ambivalent about NCCAM, primarily because it covers such a wide spectrum of maladies and approaches. The major problem, though, is that it was established by political edict as an advocacy arm of NIH rather than a true, science-based organization. Some top-notch scientists have joined NCCAM as of late but there’s no doubt that its historical portfolio of grant support has quite a bit of nonsense.

These two pieces sort of go hand-in-hand. In fact, you might care to apply some of Emily’s questions to some of the projects supported by NCCAM.

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My Day in Chile

This entry was cross-posted from my CENtral Science blog, Terra Sigillata – DJK.

My new Chilean colleagues: First-year medical students at the Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile. Credit: Xaviera Cardenas

I love my blogs and my readers.

Last Friday morning, I had the delight of Skyping in to a medical school bioethics class at Universidad Finis Terrae to discuss the virtues and pitfalls of animal research. I was contacted earlier in the week by an email from Xaviera Cardenas, a first-year medical student at this university in Santiago, Chile, who was looking for an international scientist to hold forth on this topic.

Readers of CENtral Science know that any novel chemical you synthesize must undergo some animal testing before it can be used in people. This is not our choice as individuals but, instead, a requirement of our regulatory authorities. Despite advances with in vitro technologies, testing in a limited number of rodent and non-rodent species is absolutely required.

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Love others. Period.

My wife sent this wonderful post to me, I’m Christian, unless you’re gay,” written by Dan Pearce at Single Dad Laughing. Despite the title, it’s neither for the religious or atheist – it’s for us all.

My dear friends…

This has to stop. We have to put our ugly picket signs down. We have to be the examples that help make it happen in our own lives and in the lives of the people that surround us.

We have to be that voice. We each must be that voice.

We must tell others that we will not accept or listen to such hurtful and hateful sentiments.

We must show love where love right now doesn’t exist.

Will you please join me?

With 4,085 comments at the time I wrote this, I can find no better reminder of what this season is meant to be.

Go read.

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Nature subscription cancellation for #womanspace: No refund for you!

In response to this misogynistic nonsense by Ed Rybicki published in Nature in September, I chose to cancel my personal subscription to the journal in protest. Ed wrote it and he’s been castigated extensively in the blogosphere (awesome Janet Stemwedel, for example) and in letters to Nature. But my objection is directed more to the lapse in editorial judgment that led to publication of this essay in Nature. Yes, this Nature.

I kept my letter brief so that it would actually be read:

Dear Subscription Representative:

Please cancel my subscription to Nature effective immediately. My subscription label is #BXNNXPZ.

My reason for canceling is to protest the inclusion of the highly offensive article, “Womanspace,” by Ed Rybicki in the 28 September issue. There is no place for such sexist views in any scholarly discourse, much less a legendary journal such as Nature. For an editor to have let this article pass onto the pages of the journal and then to bait readers in the comment thread is unconscionable for any publication.

Thank you for processing my subscription cancellation.

All the best,

The response was polite but had no acknowledgement of or response to my reason for cancellation. Moreover, the suggestion was made that I keep the subscription for its remaining duration since the policy of Nature is not to offer a refund:

Dear David J Kroll,

We apologies for the inconvenience caused to you.

We acknowledge the receipt of your communication regarding cancellation the subscription to the title “Nature”.

Please note as per our company policy we can not process refund once the subscription has been commenced. So, this is advisable to continue with the subscription till expiration. We have cancelled the renewal option, you will not receive any renewal communication from Nature Publishing Group.

Your subscription to the above mentioned title started on July 14, 2011 with VOL 475 ISS 2 and expires on July 5, 2012 with VOL 487 ISS 1 and online part expires on July 13, 2012.

All the issues (print part) are being or schedule to dispatch at below mentioned address:

David J Kroll
1801 Fayetteville St. 2013
Durham, NC
277007 USA

Kindly confirm if you still wish to cancel the subscription to the above mentioned title. We shall do the needful.

Thanks & Regards,
Divya Wadhwa
Customer Services

We cannot issue a refund once a subscription has commenced?? Surely there could be a refund for unsent issues.

At the very least, you’d think I could get a couple of coupons for their $32 articles.

Keepin’ it classy, Nature.

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