Learn About Your Microbiome

November 27, 2017

New technologies for treating gastroenteric diseases have been given a huge boost in recent years as scientists have investigated the microbiome, defined as the sum total of the diverse populations of bacteria, viruses and fungi spread over every surface of the human body. It is now recognized that the microbiome is unique to the individual, and its makeup can profoundly affect bodily functions. Its composition varies tremendously from individual to individual, and it is now known that its disturbance can have serious health implications.  These include increased risk of various cancers, Type II diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and obesity. The gut microbiome interacts with the body to facilitate digestion, absorpti...

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Bioweapons: An Existential Threat?

March 6, 2017

With the rise and widespread dissemination of CRISPR technology, new concerns have been voiced over the possible applications of these technologies to the facile development of a new generation of potent biological weapons against which there would...

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Shoddy drug research goes both ways

October 17, 2016

In the last few years there have been a striking number of claims of irreproducible pre-clinical pharma research. One of the most devastating was a 2012 report from Amgen researchers who were unable to reproduce the results of...

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crispr takes over

June 27, 2016

As new developments in science are introduced, they follow a familiar trajectory in the peer-reviewed literature of scientific journals. Starting from nothing, publications in hot areas grow in number year by year at an exponential rate, until all the low hanging fruit is picked, and eventual the...

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John Oliver takes on bad science

May 13, 2016

HBO comedian John Oliver has done a hilarious critique on how the media handles science reporting, and it's worth watching  (http://arste...

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