What is worse than academic groups getting scooped by DeepMind? The fact that the collective powers of Novartis, Merck, Pfizer, etc, with their hundreds of thousands (~million?) of employees, let an industrial lab that is a complete outsider to the field, with virtually no prior molecular sciences experience, come in and thoroughly beat them on a problem that is, quite frankly, of far greater importance to pharmaceuticals than it is to Alphabet. It is an indictment of the laughable “basic research” groups of these companies, which pay lip service to fundamental science but focus myopically on target-driven research that they managed to so badly embarrass themselves in this episode.
Quite a scathing summary. If this is mostly gibberish to you, skip to the "what just happened" section which has a good summary of what the DeepMind team did and did not do. While it's a commendable achievement, it's nothing like the pedestrian news is reporting. The most interesting part of the article to me is the assessment of what's wrong with academic and pharmaceutical research.
One of my character flaws is that I obsess about weather apps and forecast services. Maybe it's because I don't follow any sports so that only leaves weather to make small talk in elevators. Whatever the reason, I own a lot of weather apps. I fell out of ...
I don’t believe much of the nutrition “science.” The studies are poorly defined and the results are rushed to a mostly illiterate media. I do, however, believe a broken clock is right two to three times a day depending on daylight savings.
I haven’t found any of the ...
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the rise of crazy flat-earth conspiracy nuts:
I think that the number of people may be the same over time they just now can write a blog that the whole world has access to by a search engine.
I love this YouTube series because I love ...
By way of Kottke, comes this excellent description of the CRISPR technology.
I enjoyed the book Change Agent by Daniel Suarez a lot.1 As with his other books, the basis for the fiction is solid. The futuristic technologies he invents have a firm foundation in actual science. Which is ...
I always enjoy the work over at Information is Beautiful. This post about how scientific theories were received throughout history is very good. I've always assumed astronomy was the most dangerous field for heretics but this data set implies that Medicine will get you more often.
Patrick Soon-Shiong seems like a Perfect fit for the new administration.
If you're interested in what an actually researcher thinks of the Microsoft announcement about intering the oncology research fied, there's no better blog to turn to than In the Pipeline:
Put shortly – and these sorts of stories tend to put actual oncology researchers in a pretty short mood ...
It's a long holiday this weekend in the U.S. Here are a couple of excellent articles about the "Moral Economy" to keep you busy during your travels and parties. What's the moral economy? Well, read them. They aren't just smart, they are well written and often ...
Derek Lowe has some choice comments about the Google biotech Verily.
Here's the quote from their CEO:
. . .We’ve done a lot, to be quite humble about it. Enough to give us great confidence that this is all likely to work. . .
We know that much of this works: we ...
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