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Forum: Diavlog comments 01-24-2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,687
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Awesome Feats We Haven't Achieved

For example look at this year's Nobel prizes in medicine and in chemistry, telomeres and ribosomes. Did the NY Times explain what any of these are and why they are important to human health and to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-24-2010, 01:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,687
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Getting My Goat

Look, as you personally have said before on bloggingheads, 90% of the pop science articles are crap and 10% are well done.

I am a cell biologist, and from what I have seen, that 10% of the well...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,687
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Awesome Feats We Haven't Achieved

I agree that some scientists may over-hype the importance of their data in conversations with journalists (especially with the rise of academic press releases etc.), but usually these scientific...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2010, 10:31 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,687
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Awesome Feats We Haven't Achieved

John,

The problem isn't that scientists over-hype associations between alleles and certain mental illnesses, but that many science journalists do. Scientist are looking for associations between...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2008, 03:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,761
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Negotiating the Backstreets of Andalucia

I totally agree. But that doesn't mean that we should pooh-pooh all the work that has gone into figuring out the nuts and bolts of life and the perspective that this knowledge gave us. Certainly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2008, 12:26 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,761
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Negotiating the Backstreets of Andalucia

Yes, figuring out the nuts and bolts of life is not important, excuse me. And BTW I do not study cancer but rather how proteins are secreted. My colleagues in the lab are working on biological...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-23-2008, 10:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,761
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Negotiating the Backstreets of Andalucia

More of my thoughts on this whole episode (http://scienceblogs.com/transcript/2008/12/scientist_science_journalism_i.php).
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-23-2008, 09:40 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,761
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Negotiating the Backstreets of Andalucia

Meselson-Stahl's demonstration of the semi-conservative replication of DNA is considered by many, the most beatiful experiment in molecular biology.
Anyone with any knowledge of the history of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2008, 04:55 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,761
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Negotiating the Backstreets of Andalucia

George is way too sensitive. Instead of raising ad hominem attacks, maybe he should respond directly to Abby’s criticisms. In fact as a scientist studying cell biology, I would have to say that I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2008, 12:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,523
Posted By apalazzo
Re: Science Saturday: Beauty in Science

You guys are too obsessed with physics. Within biology there are still plenty of opportunities for a single individual to perform a beautiful experiment that uncovers some basic scientific concept....
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