Ice Ice Baby-Danna M.

 In chapter 3 of Rigor Mortis it tells about one of the most heartbreaking stories about abysmal experimental design which involves amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)."The search for a treatment for this deadly degenerated disease is rife with studies so poorly designed that they offered nothing more than false hope for people essentially handed death sentence... Continue Reading →

The Frightening Bias In Science – Lily D.

Chapter two talked about many different things that can effect a scientific experiment. One thing though that really intrigued me was when Richard Harris was talking about scientists being biased in their work.   “David Chavalaris and John Ioannidas cataloged 235 forms of bias.” (page 41). Whenever I read this for the first time I... Continue Reading →

A long process- Alicia L.

The second chapter in Richard Harris's book, "It's hard even on the good days" focuses mostly on the challenges in biomedical research, such as natural variation. I was surprised to learn that natural variation is a struggle in the biomedical world. Because of it, researchers' conclusions can only be based off of inferences. "Likewise, a... Continue Reading →

It’s hard even on the good days (ch.2)-Jenaya P.

British philosopher Francis Bacon formalized the scientific method: "make a hypothesis, devise a test, gather data, analyze and rethink, and ultimately draw a broader conclusion.(pg.30-31)" Which we all use now when creating any experiment. Whatever it may be either at school or work. But in the book, scientists discovered how cancer is sort of formed... Continue Reading →

Chase to Study Telomerase – Mia C.

“It’s Hard Even on the Good Days”, the second chapter of Richard Harris’ book, Rigor Mortis, continues to deeply analyze the reproducibility and legitimacy of biomedical research. Some of the content found within this chapter answered my questions regarding bias and failure about the last, which helped me to better understand the overall message of... Continue Reading →

Sloppy Science- Adelyne T.

In one's early life they can realize that too really succeed, they must try to at least fail. I feel like this philosophy applies to science. I think it is important for us to fail as humans because that teaches this new lessons and new opportunities to be shed. But when someone slaps a "Good... Continue Reading →

Failures, Flaws and Findings – Alex S.

In the chapter, ‘It’s Hard Even on the Good Days’, Richard Harris moves from the general idea of reproducibility to the biases and flaws occurring in the labs that cause it and the failures they have lead to. He also brought in a lot more perspectives from different scientists and researchers, as well as examples... Continue Reading →

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