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Help me spice things up!

Help me spice things up!

Hey there, hypothetical reader! If you are one of the few amazing people who subscribe to my blog updates, you’ve probably noticed the silence of late. I promise, I will return soon to bring some really cool sexy science to you, but in the meantime I’d like to ask for your help.   Have something … Continue reading

Was a classic bioethics case built on smoke?

Was a classic bioethics case built on smoke?

Dr. Ricki Lewis at DNA Science Blog published today an in-depth look at a well-known bioethics case. The case involved my undergraduate mentor, Dr. Therese Markow. As it turns out, there is no actual evidence to support the accusation that Dr. Markow used Havasupai Indian blood for a study on Schizophrenia without their consent. No … Continue reading

Special issue in Nature on gender bias!

Special issue in Nature on gender bias!

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Nature’s most recent issue is focused on the gender gap in the sciences. Just this past November, Nature finally copped to the fact that they have some serious work of their own to do on fighting sexism. While Nature’s hiring practices for reporters and editors of their … Continue reading

Originally posted on Swampland:
There are two Americas when it comes to abortion—one in which it’s nearly impossible to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and one in which access to the procedure is mostly unfettered and often publicly financed. Geography is everything. While abortion has been a federally protected right for 40 years, in some states,…

Giving STDs to goats. For science!

Giving STDs to goats. For science!

Goats could potentially transmit a dangerous parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, in their semen, according to research by Flaviana Wanderley and colleagues in Brazil. Well…who cares? Why should scientists devote research dollars and time to purposely giving goats STDs, just to see if they can? Like with so many other apparently bizarre research projects, the answer is: … Continue reading

Liebster award!

Liebster award!

The blogger over at Alternative Hypothesis has nominated me for a Liebster blog award! Four other great blogs were also honored, so I recommend that you check those out. The Liebster award is a way for bloggers to help each other out by spreading the word about their blogs. The rules for this award are: … Continue reading