Ivory Tower Science Moves to Garage
This is kind of cool, biotech is becoming like elctronics a few decades abo. Today you have a hard time as a hobbiest with a soldering iron but biotech equipment is apparently now cheap in surplus market, I was just thinking it would be nice to get some simple stuff at home but lament the fact that chemical companies don't seem to happy to ship to private residences, LOL,
Several garage (or, in one case, bedroom) biotech stories have attracted the media spotlight. Using a PCR machine that was purchased on eBay for a mere $59, Kay Aull, a former researcher at the now defunct Cambridge, Mass.-based Codon Devices, genotyped herself to see if she carried the gene for hemochromatosis, which afflicts her father. Computer programmer Meredith Patterson, after creating glow-in-the-dark yogurt in her San Francisco apartment, is working on a biosensor for melamine, the toxic contaminant of the Chinese infant formula that sickened 300,000 infants in 2008.
Fake Journal Stories
I've seen other stories like this but Wiki's should be aware,
"" He and Anderson signed the work using pseudonyms (David Phillips and Andrew Kent). The two listed the "Center for Research in Applied Phrenology" (CRAP) as their home institution on the paper, which featured fictitious tables, figures and references. ""
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The above links to an equally funny but serious story from a few months ago on peer looking journals,
"" Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles--most of which presented data favorable to Merck products--that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship. ""
Nerdseeksblonde (talk) 18:29, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
FTC goes after paid bloggers
Nerdseeksblonde (talk) 08:42, 22 June 2009 (UTC)