Often when scientists try to repeat each others’ experiments, they get different results. This might not seem like such a huge issue, but this likely means those results were wrong. When dodgy experiments like these are published, it misleads other scientists and derails scientific progress. This is known as the ‘reproducibility crisis’, the name given to a widespread problem of study results not standing up to scrutiny from other scientists. Continue reading Bad tools
Over the past couple of months there have been some slightly hyperbolic headlines about breakthrough new cancer treatments. Here’s a short rundown of some notable stories and the science behind them. Continue reading Cancer treatments in the news
In a new paper, we show that several cancer drugs currently in use are very good at blocking the cell’s inflammation response, which could be useful to treat inflammatory diseases. Continue reading Inflammatory remarks
A powerful new ‘genome editing’ tool called CRISPR has proven hugely useful for scientists, but its development has also sparked a fierce debate about its use for medical treatments. Continue reading CRISPR crisis
In 2001 the FDA approved the use of imatinib for the treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – a type … Continue reading Collagen and cancer cures
African Sleeping Sickness (or Trypanosomiasis) is a textbook example of a disease of poverty. That is to say, the people … Continue reading Chew it up, spit it out
Your cells are keen recyclers. They pretty much have to be. For cells to keep working properly, they must be … Continue reading Build it up, tear it down.