Dr Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective vaccine for polio. Before Dr Salk’s vaccine polio was one of the most frightening diseases in the world, having a child mortality rate of 2 to 5%. Salk did not become rich because of his invention; he decided not to patent it. When asked why he didn’t patent his invention Salk replied “Would you patent the sun?”
Jonas Salk and Alert Sabin (creator of an alternative vaccine) saved millions of lifes and prevented immeasurable suffering.

Vaccines: 60 years of conspiracy theories

She grew up in a farm in Northeastern  Argentina, one of the country’s poorest regions. She had a tough life; she went to school for 2 years, then she was …

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU commission and former prime minister of Luxembourg, a country of 500 thousand people which vehemently opposes GE crops. (pic. from The Telegraph)

The EU vs science

Some people still grumble about the inquisition or Galileo’s trial. Optimists will argue that those days are long gone now. After all, even the Catholic Church has embraced evolution and the …

Arctic centred

GMO: the pointless label

When it comes to arguing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) there is a big obstacle: the name GMOs describes things ranging from bacteria producing human insulin to super-sized salmons. General …

"The dose makes the poison” Already in the 16th century
Educated people knew this truth

Chemophobia and the anti-science hordes

  A band of spoiled brats is waging jihad against science. Its victim is the public and -as it happens in war- most casualties will be poor folk without the …

Karl Popper:
“A theory in the empirical sciences can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments”

Science is based on evidence not opinion

Not long ago, a new technology that could revolutionise stem cells-based therapies was in the news. The reporting may have escaped many but the media was not to blame; this …

illustration of an in vitro cloning assay

The race to produce a human embryo by cloning is over. Now it is time to stop racing and start thinking.

Science moves fast; last year a scientific article from Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s lab (1) claimed that they had succeeded in cloning a human up to the stage of embryo and produced …

Image from The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XIII send in the clones

Human cloning by nuclear transfer confirmed

Last year a paper came out from Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s lab at Oregon University claiming that they had been able to clone human embryos by nuclear transfer (the same method used to …

Snake Oil

Organic food does not protect against cancer. And why should it?!

    There are many valid reasons to consume organic food; protection against cancer is not one of them. A recent article in the British Journal of Cancer (the official …

scene from Frankenstein 1931

Golden Rice, Frankenfood, and the torch-wielding mob

Most scientists hate the term “Frankenfood” applied to genetically engineered (GE) crops. Activists certainly use it as an insult. But did those activists actually read Mary Shelley’s book? Mary Shelley’s …

Colony of reprogramed human cells growing on top of a feeder layer of mouse embryonic fibroblast.

A disruptive new method for generating pluripotent stem cells

  People rushing to start new experiments. I think it is fair to say that I have never seen such a level of excitement in a scientific department as I …

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