Archive by date | January 2007

Stretching science’s implications

You might have seen the New York Times article yesterday so delightfully called “”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/25/science/25sheep.html?em&ex=1169960400&en=83a8a0ffb7f393f8&ei=5087%0A”>Of gay sheep, modern science and bad publicity.” In case the article has disappeared into the archive by the time you read this, briefly, it was a rather funny cautionary tale about a scientist who set out to study homosexuality in sheep, made one too many comments about the possible implications in people, and ended up getting skewered by the press and the blogosphere, who thought the point of his research was eventually to alter people’s sexuality.  Read more

TB or not TB

Did you know that although AIDS and TB kill about the same number of people, AIDS research gets roughly 20 times the money given for TB research? I didn’t either, until I went to a meeting last week organized by MSF (Doctors without Borders). The theme of the meeting was the urgent need to get some more money—a common cry in science, but in this case, fully warranted.  Read more

Going after Gates

When I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle I was struck by the chemicals researchers routinely tossed away—often down the drain. It seemed paradoxical that the attempt to understand cancer involved the manufacture of some nasty carcinogens.  Read more

Milk sours tea benefits

So I’m a big tea drinker. And like most tea drinkers from India (and Britain), I like my tea strong and sweet and with plenty of milk. And I’ve always thought how great it was that with every cup, I was also becoming healthier. Tea is supposed to have antioxidants and help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Read more

Nature Medicine 2.0

Hello. I’m the Chief Editor of Nature Medicine and also get to write on our blog. As Charlotte and Apoorva do such a great job writing about science and about politics, I will write mostly about the journal itself and about the editorial world—the kind of things that scientists like to ask journal editors when we visit labs or go to meetings.  Read more