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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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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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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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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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Scientific Publishing Overload

This is so cool!  I totally agree: http://chronicle.com/article/We-Must-Stop-the-Avalanche-of/65890/#lastComment In my opinion, a large proportion of the research articles I encounter are of poor quality.  These papers do, in fact, inhibit knowledge development and innovation by using up resources (time and … Continue reading






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Scientific Publishing Also in Need of Reform?

Gone are the days of standing at the copy machine in the biomedical library copying the research articles you need to add to your personal reference collection. I haven’t bought a copy card in years. Interestingly, with the advent of … Continue reading






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