Thursday Lab meeting…

… was held today as yesteday was Yom Kippur. I usually enjoy these meetings, trying to say something intelligent, and sometimes come up with a pure gem. have the right dose of humour, science, serious admin work and discussion. Irv muses, “This is like the long letter that Winston Churchill wrote to a colleague, and ended with, ‘sorry about the long letter, I did not have time to write a short one'” Kris is all

Obama or McCain – What is the World Opinion?

The economist conducted a worldwide poll, designed to match the system of the US Electoral College, to assess world opinion on the candidates for the President of the United States.

These are their results. There cannot be a better contrast with the opinion polls in the country. My question on November 4th: WWAD? What Would America Do?

In your honour…

Passion makes the old medicine new:

Passion lops off the bough of weariness.

Passion is the elixir that renews:

how can there be weariness

when passion is present?

Oh, don’t sigh heavily from fatigue:

seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!


                                               – Rumi


A word of caution…

…is the message of this multimedia presentation from the people at Wired. It’s a gallery of “retired drugs”, or drugs gone bad, or simply, “did you make enough money of these medicines to salve your shredded soul?”

Disclaimer: I would add that I am not as cynical about new drug development as I come across in this post. Hey, I’m a doc, I welcome better therapeutic options over not-effective-but-it’s-the-best-we-have medicines. But these examples warn against the let’s-go-ahead-because-these-are-nameless-fears attitude that appears to only be driven by greed and the bottomline. Last’s principle of biomedical ethics – beneficence (“doing good”), non-malfeasance (avoidance of harm), autonomy (integrity) and Justice/Equity (most to whom who needs it the most)  – do not figure in this equation.
Ah, rant ends. Back to our normal programming…