Over at Marginal Revolution economist Tyler Cowan has started one of those blog trends
, and many other bloggers
like a pack of lemmings.
Congratulations to Scientific Blogging's own Greg Critser
, whose latest book, Eternity Soup is reviewed in Nature
Critser's book is a brilliant exposé of the increasingly popular anti-ageing industry and how its practitioners have misled many people into believing that they can stop or reverse the effects of ageing. Proponents seem to argue: ageing is your fault; we have an unproven cure for sale that no one has disproved; scientists and physicians who disagree with us operate in a failed paradigm; and our patients tell us they feel better, therefore our treatments work.
Mark Ptashne, Oliver Hobert, and Eric Davidson talk sense on epigenomics
We were astonished to see two sentences in your Editorial on the International Human Epigenome Consortium (Nature 463, 587; 2010) that seem to disregard principles of gene regulation and of evolutionary and developmental biology that have been established during the past 50 years.
At the New York Review of Books, physicist and science writer Jeremy Bernstein tells what it's like to witness an atomic explosion:
I've heard a senior colleague say that there is nothing fundamental left to be discovered in biology. It's a nagging worry some people have, including myself. What's left, according to some (including one of molecular biology's founders Sydney Brenner), is to work out the details of particular systems, implied by already established paradigms - kind like chemistry.