A Few Good Links (August 16, 2010 Edition)
This Guardian UK Special Report looks at the alarming increase of bacteria resistant to all known antibiotics and the dearth of new antibiotics in the drug development pipeline. One reason cited for this dearth is the economics of antibiotics with many short duration courses.
Atul Gawande, of the Checklist Manifesto fame, examines the complex nature of end-of-life care in the New Yorker Magazine. With the backdrop of the death panel talk that arose from the United States Healthcare Reform legislative battle, Gawande chooses to examine end-of-life decisions from the perspective of the patient and their families and not the cost implications.
Wired Magazine recounts Sergey Brin’s quest to improve the quality of Parkinson’s research. He uses his money and approach from Google to collect massive amounts of data and search the data for patterns and hypotheses that can then be tested using more traditional scientific techniques. Big Data vs. Big Science is the theme.