What Would YOU Charge?

Something that likely went under most peoples’ radar this past week was that the FDA announced the approval of a new drug for multiple sclerosis, Tecfidera, from Biogen Idec. That’s pretty good news for a disease that generally doesn’t have a lot of good news associated with it. Here’s some disease-progression data for it compared…

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Chem Coach Carnival: Me

It probably went under your radar, but this week is National Chemistry Week and today (October 23rd) is Mole Day. Practically Mardi Gras among the scoopula & round-bottom flask crowd, don’cha know. The Beloved pointed out a blog challenge posted by @SeeArOh at Just Like Cooking called the Chem Coach Carnival in which chemists pass…

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Taker

I try not to be too political here. Most of my politically-oriented posts tend towards science and disease related public policy, but like most Americans I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Presidential election. And specifically, this week I’ve been thinking about Mitt Romney’s now-famous remarks about how many people in the country don’t pay income…

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(He)artificial Jellyfish

There’s a scene in every version of Frankenstein where Dr. Frankenstein seeks to animate his creation. In the Kenneth Branagh version from the 1990s, he has an inanimate Robert De Niro in a big metal tube, which he then floods with fluid and electricity. And, of course, eventually De Niro starts kicking. The spark of…

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The Cost of Getting Personal

Early in my scientific career I was in a meeting to decide what one of our department’s new drug discovery projects was going to be. A team made a presentation on a prospective target, which was scientifically solid but was shot down because the potential market was too small. Not enough people had the disease,…

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Friday Drabble: A Life In Research

A drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. A Life In Research The door hissed closed behind him and he inhaled the conflicting odors of clean room and cage…

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The King Is Dead, Long Live The King

There was one piece of news that probably didn’t make many of your feeds this morning that is very important in my industry: today is the day the patent on Lipitor expires. I’m sure most of you are saying, “Huh?” or “So what?” or perhaps “Maybe now my prescription will cost less…”, but I look…

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A Book for Scientists, or Those That Have to Live With Them

There are very few books or films that capture the ups and downs of doing scientific research.  Allegra Goodman’s book “Intuition” actually does a pretty good job of capturing the motivations, competition, camaraderie and ethical decisions faced by researchers during their day-to-day jobs. Intuition Allegra Goodman The book seems to be modeled off of an…

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