Posted by: Dan | March 4, 2007

Cells Weekly #19

Two quotes for the week, the first being from Sean B. Carroll on the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers podcast (HT: Panda’s Thumb):

I really can’t paint this in too rosy of a picture. We’ve been the destination for the rest of the world for education and for training and even without this controversy the rest of the world has been catching up in various ways. But now if you look at the climate in the United States, we’ve so handcuffed things like stem cell research with public officials making preposterous statements about evolutionary science. We have an administration that has denied the global warming data until I guess it probably just couldn’t resist it any longer and you have if you look at some of the agencies, I will point the finger at the FDA, you have scientific decisions being made by ideologues. Now, [if] that goes on for a number of years it’s demoralizing to the scientific community.

The Second comes from PZ Myers, who I too applaud:

The only appropriate response should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing of some teachers, many school board members, and vast numbers of sleazy, far-right politicians … I say, screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. It’s time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots.

Welcome to your weekly dose of cell and molecular biology. As always, I’ve selected all of the blogging commentary that I’ve seen, trying to keep the selection both topical and not mere reposting of press releases from jouranls and societies. The result, hopefully, is a zeitgeist of this week’s cyto-blogging:

And my weekly ScienceDaily and Eurekalert Picks:



  1. And a bit off-topic, but there’s a great post on Gene Expression (Classic) answering Why do people believe in god:

    The New York Times Magazine has a long piece which profiles the various naturalistic hypotheses which explain the origin of religious belief.

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