At the beginning of this chapter Richard harris starts off the chapter strong saying what he thinks " Each year about a million biomedical studies are published in the scientific literature. And many of them are simply wrong." (Pg 7) When I read that one sentence I was instantly hooked on because I knew this... Continue Reading →
Decoding the Mystery of HER2 – Positive Testing ~ Taelor A.
Throughout Rigor Mortis the author has mention many medications, treatments test, experiments and more, and in chapter nine Richard Hariss does just that. " One wake-up call came from the lab of David Hicks at the University of Rochester. Starting in 2006, he was trying t unravel a serious medical mystery." That medical mystery went by the name... Continue Reading →
“Everybody Cheats, So Why Can’t I?” -Audra K
While previous parts of Rigor Mortis really got me to think deeply about how our medical research industry is flailing due to errors and miscommunications between scientists. Chapter Eight, 'The Challenge of Precision Medicine', brought some other very relatable issues to my attention which, in this case, had very little to do with the researchers... Continue Reading →
Excluding the Ethical -Fatima R.
It's twisted to know that sloppy, not fully thought out labs constantly take an advantage to more precise, carefully crafted ones in the world of science. The harsh truth that the entire "A Broken Culture" chapter brought to light was one that took me by surprise. I had read about sloppy science in previous chapters,... Continue Reading →
All for the Profit and None for the People – Alex S.
Chapter 8: A Broken Culture exposed the corruption of research in the biomedical field due to a ‘pressure-to-publish’ atmosphere. Organizations around the world have turned their research into factory work. These businesses choose select projects that they know will be cheap, fast, and have a “wow factor” for their employees to publish in a big... Continue Reading →
Research? Or Luck? -Brenda H
After reading Chapter 6 of Rigor Mortis “Jumping to Conclusions”, I learned about how the experiments scientists were testing had lots of defects such as the small things like microarray chip differences, or air temperature and humidity when a mass spectrometer is running. They discussed how this evidently causes a major effect on the results.... Continue Reading →
The Truth Behind HeLa ~Taelor A.
Before reading chapter five of Rigor Mortis I can honestly say I had no idea what a cell line was. But after reading chapter five and doing some research I know that a cell line is a cell culture made from a single cell. Many scientists use cell lines to help their research for cancer but... 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 →
Scientists That Are Proving Themselves Wrong, Are Doing the Right Thing- Ellie L
In chapter two of Rigor Mortis, the subject is about the actual process and the experiments that the scientists have to go through to really know if there evidence works, and if publishing a paper on that subject would help and not hurt people. The easiest people to fool are ourselves. That’s why when scientists... 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 →