Skip to comments.The Human Lake
Posted on 12/24/2011 8:43:23 AM PST by grey_whiskers
I went recently to San Francisco to give a talk to a conference of scientists. The scientists were experts in gathering together mountains of biological datagenome sequences, results of experiments and clinical trialsand figuring out how to make them useful: turning them into new diagnostic tests, for example, or a drug for cancer. The invitation was an honor, but a nerve-wracking one. As a journalist, I had no genome scan to offer the audience.
We science writers do have one ace in the hole, though. Instead of being lashed to a lab bench for years, carrying out experiments to illuminate one particular fold in one particular protein, we get to play the field. We travel between different departments, different universities, different countries, andmost important of alldifferent disciplines. And sometimes we see links between different kinds of science that scientists themselves have missed. Which is why, when I arrived in San Francisco, walked up to the podium, and switched on my computer, I presented my audience with this photograph of a lake.
For the next hour, I tried to convince them that their bodies are a lot like that lake, and that appreciating this fact could help them find new ways to treat diseases ranging from obesity to heart disease to infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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...and Merry Christmas.
A bit wordy at the start but overall very good.
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Thanks grey_whiskers, and Merry Christmas!.carrying out experiments to illuminate one particular fold in one particular proteinJust adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
Thanks, grey_whiskers. Hutchinson may have been all wet but probably on firm ground with regards his comprehensive studies.
With journalists playing the role of pond scum.
The couple lived in Minnetonka, a swank western suburb.
I can just hear her saying to him afterwards, "I've had just about enough sh*t out of you!"
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