A Fond Remembrance of Dr. Tony Pawson

I was shocked beyond belief, and saddened beyond words this afternoon (August 8, 2103) to learn of the death the night before of Dr. Anthony (Tony) Pawson. The Toronto Star had this piece on Tony tonight, and no doubt there will be many more tributes flowing over the next days. But I wanted to give a bit of my own personal memoir of Dr. Tony Pawson. I have known Tony for at least 25 years, …

     

Cancer Research Needs Whiz Kids Like Adam Noble!

Anyone who has doubts about whether or not we are in good hands with the next generation should watch this video. Adam Noble does indeed seem to qualify for the moniker “whiz kid” and we obviously hope he is going to make more and more impacts in the future … It is reminiscent of the story I posted last year about another “whiz kid”, Jack Andraka. Hard not to be awed when you see stuff …

     

An Apology… and a Welcome

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I was made aware over the past two days that an inordinate number of automated e-mails had gone out from this blog to all of my e-mail subscribers. This was entirely unintentional on my part and I want to apologize if this created confusion, or worse, annoyance at the repeated intrusion. A brief explanation. I use an offline program to compose blog posts and it connects to the blog itself. One of he features of …

     

Elated Over US Supreme Court Decision Barring Human Gene Patenting? Umm…Not So Fast

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Two months ago, in these pages, I wrote an article entitled “Patent my jeans, NOT my genes”. This was written on the eve of the United States Supreme Court hearings about whether human genes should be entitled to patent protection. Despite being a holder of United States patents related to human genes myself, I was then, and remain today adamant that this practice is wrong and should be discontinued. Yesterday, in a much anticipated ruling, …