Category Archives: Communicating Science

Posts regarding data analysis, interpretation of analyses, writing, truth-telling.

Are most published research findings false?

Many people are aware of the work of John Ioannidis regarding the analysis of research findings and the conclusions drawn from those analyses.  In particular, these concepts were described by him in a paper published in PLOS Medicine in 2005 … Continue reading






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Genomic Test for your Kid’s Sports Ability? Oh, Please!

The US FDA just sent out more letters to genomic testing firms asking them to explain why their testing kits should not be regulated.  The companies in question (and their target market) were Lumigenix (disease predisposition), American International Biotechnology Services … Continue reading






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Failure of the Genome?

I recently read an article written by Jonathan Latham in the Guardian (UK) online with the title, “Failure of the Genome” (credit to Genome Web for pointing the post out to their readers).  Following the eye-grabbing headline, the article goes … Continue reading






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DTC Genomic Testing: a Window on Society?

I continue to believe that the discussion surrounding the Direct to Consumer (i.e. DTC) genomic testing is basically a healthy thing (pardon the pun).  It seems to me to be a window into the larger conversation about the role of … Continue reading






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Genome Hacking

How genetic information will flow and be used is of interest to me in this environment of ever-cheaper and ever more rapid DNA sequencing.  What used to be fairly privileged, esoteric information is rapidly becoming a commodity item.  How will … Continue reading






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Cytokinetics ALS Drug “Helps” Patients, but Stock is Down 22%?

OK, I admit that I am probably too much of an idealist, but today’s news about Cytokinetics and its amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) drug bugs me. The first story I saw has the headline, “Cytokinetics, Inc. (CYTK) Stock Plunges 21% … Continue reading






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DTC Genomic Testing Meets DIY Bio

Genomeweb just ran a story highlighting an article by Steven Salzberg and Mihaela Pertea on Do-It-Yourself Genetic Testing.  In the article Salzberg and Pertea demonstrate software that scans human genome sequence data for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.  … Continue reading






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ESHG Chimes in on DTC Genetic Testing

The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) published a policy statement in the European Journal of Human Genetics on the Society’s position with respect to Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing services .  In this position paper the ESHG discusses its … Continue reading






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UC vs NPG, continued…

I have to confess that I agree with the excerpt quoted below from the UC rep.  Hopefully this saga portends future progress in the scientific publishing field. From http://www.genomeweb.com//node/948284?hq_e=el&hq_m=798093&hq_l=3&hq_v=a2a10fac80: “Laine Farley, who directs UC’s California Digital Library, tells USA Today … Continue reading






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Is the Internet making us intellectually shallow?

A colleague sent around an email a few days ago that pointed to a book review that asks this question: Is the Internet making us intellectually shallow?  http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2010/0621/The-Shallows?sms For me, I’ve found the internet like drinking from a firehose–way too … Continue reading






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