Besides traditional and expensive epidemiological studies to compare disease prevalence over time, the net offers also some nice research tools – click on the thumbnail to see Google asthma trend results by today. The query counts are largely consistent with most recent scientific papers seeing the asthma epidemic now at a (high) plateau. Did the environmental risk now saturate all individuals at risk?
It is a fact that the best climbs are performed by famous mountaineers before they became famous (Doug Scott in “Mountain” according to an inscription at Firmian/Messner Mountain Museum). (Show me more…)
May 29, 2008 Nature has an interesting commentary by Peter Lawrence (66) about the archaic? practice of retirement of active scientists at a determined age. It may be a quite luxurious habit of the science business – people who want to work longer than a certain age – which can be understood by the freedom of “Doing what I like”. Having a mostly pleasant life here on earth as a scientist, it may be a quite logical wish of a 66 year old to prolong the scientific career. (Show me more…)
Wolfram Henn, Vorsitzender der Kommission fÃ¼r Grundpositionen und ethische Fragen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Humangenetik, warnt im Interview mit Technology Review (Ausgabe 07/08 [...]) vor persÃ¶nlichen Genomanalysen, die Ã¼ber das Internet angeboten werden. So bietet beispielsweise das Unternehmen 23andMe seit kurzem eine Genomanalyse fÃ¼r nur 999 Dollar an.