Archive for January, 2010

What makes news news? You’d have thought this was fairly simple, but two projects have had me wondering what makes proper news these days. Wellcome News, the Trust’s main magazine, is published quarterly and every few months I’m tasked with writing the copy. Because of the nature of print deadlines (usually a couple of months […]


I was just catching up on Nature’s blog coverage of the ‘mobile phones prevent Alzheimer’s disease‘ story, when this paragraph leapt out at me: In the study – which was originally released in September last year but has only just been press released – researchers exposed mice genetically modified to develop Alzheimer’s and un-modified mice […]


Back when I used to work at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, our office used to look something like this: Well not really. But not far from that. Because of its mission to ‘examine ethical issues raised by new developments in biology and medicine’, the Council is constantly scanning the latest developments in all sorts […]


I just read this feature article (actually an extract from a forthcoming book) in the Guardian Weekend magazine. In it, Barbara Ehrenreich hits out against the ‘positive thinking brigade’ that surrounds cancer, and indeed most major illnesses or calamities. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but it’s an interesting piece. The article […]


With the onset of a new decade, many people’s minds have naturally wandered back to ten years ago and just how much can change in such a relatively short space of time. Back at the turn of the millenium I hadn’t a clue that there was anything in science outside of the lab bench, yet […]