Over the next week or so here on Of Schemes and Memes we’re introducing you to all the blogs on the new nature.com blogs site. We started off with the News blog and now we hear from Roxanne Khamsi and the team at Nature Medicine, who run the Spoonful of Medicine blog….
Our Spoonful gets a more polished look
You probably notice today that the Spoonful of Medicine blog has had some “work done”. But unlike many celebrities of our day, we’re not ashamed to dish on the details of our cosmetic surgery. Thanks to the hard work of our web developers, the blog should be easier to read and navigate. The revamp has also made our blog archive more readily available, so if you’re feeling nostalgic, click on the right to rekindle memories of days when Bush’s stem cell ban reigned supreme (which you’re likely not) or the retreat of swine flu. There’s a spiffy new commenting tool as well, so let us know what you think.
We launched this blog almost five years ago to the date as a place to expand on the news and commentary that you find in Nature Medicine. The journal comes out each month, but here in the Spoonful blog you can get your daily serving of information about drug development and policy changes affecting biomedical research.
From here forward, the Spoonful of Medicine will continue to bring you interviews with leading thinkers in global health and the pharmaceutical industry, such as Seth Berkley (formerly of IAVI, now with GAVI) and the new head of the US National Institutes of Health’s stem cell center, Mahendra Rao. We’ll also continue to dish on business news, in the tradition of earlier stories about the most expensive drug in the world, leadership woes at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and how companies are coping with the so-called ‘patent cliff’.
You’ll also find pharmaceutical news off the beaten path on the Spoonful blog, comic-book-style drug reports, reviews of pharmaceutical-themed art exhibits and medicine-inspired musical apps. And, further off the path: movie reviews of films such as Contagion, Extraordinary Measures and We Were Here, a documentary of the AIDS epidemic. You can also find our in-house videos, including a short one about DIY-labs, medical apps for the iPhone, and innovative diagnostic tools for developing-world settings.
If you’re more inclined to teaspoons of news than tablespoons, you can get your fix via Twitter. We’re also on Facebook and Google+. If RSS is more your style, you can subscribe to our feed here. And if you’d rather listen than read, you can subscribe to our monthly podcast via iTunes.
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Many of you reading this blog are scientists, or have some sort of scientific inclination, so don’t be afraid to experiment with how you get your Spoonful of Medicine. Please note, however, that side effects may include an uncontrollable urge to discuss the forecasted market share of biologic drugs at your office holiday party or singing a song about DNA that you can’t get out of your head. Should either of these adverse reactions occur, please consult your doctor.