Jumping to conclusions is exactly as it’s labeled , making an assumption or hypothesis. In this chapter it all started with Baggerly trying to find a way to test for ovarian cancer. Later on they did find a way to extract proteins from blood that would be able to identify an early stage of cancer. It said that this test looked for a “broad patter, a protein spectrum.
Later on when he kept on studying to see if he could identify the patterns for months. He couldn’t find anything that could help identify a pattern and he kept digging and went all the way back to the beginning to see that the data had been cleaned up a bit. When he went back to the way beginning he noticed that there was a difference between women with and without ovarian cancer. Baggerly noticed that the difference was in the research that’s usually thrown away because it’s know as the “untrustworthy” information. As he kept digging he noticed also that the data had been taking in different times, in different dates. This did make a difference because there was a subtle difference in how the spectrometer worked from one day to another. He saw it as a big deal that people weren’t considering that as a factor for their work. When he wanted to later on publish something regarding this science no one wanted to let him publish it and he got upset when he discovered more work that had the same mistakes.
“Biomedical research is often more opaque than transparent” is said on page 143. This is very true, scientist do everything to make their work look nice and neat whether it is or it’s not clear. This chapter is like a scientist trying to form a puzzle by taking pieces from other places to try and finish it and then at the end just paint over it so that you can’t see the real look it has. Medicine can be a real big pain if you are to lazy to make sure that your research is correct. As it said on page 141, “Usually you have a good justification for doing what you did but you also could have had great justification for doing 10 things differently.”