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Wade Miller

Wade Miller is a senior chemistry major at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his interest in drug development and pharmacology, Wade has studied both the philosophy and history of science. Wade is also member of the Philadelphia branch of Neuwrite, a collaborative writing group for scientists and writers.

What Scientific Maturity Can Tell You About New Scientific Fields

Scientific Maturity, Maturity

Recent technological advances and moves toward hyper-specialization have led to the emergence of several new scientific fields and sub-fields. As these nascent fields have developed, they have been subjects of immense scrutiny. A primary threshold for true emergence is ‘scientific maturity’—a term that is given a considerable amount of weight, […]

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What Exactly Does It Mean for Science to be Wrong?

Wrong, Not Even Wrong

We are living in an age of unparalleled scientific progress. Granted, much of the progress is in hyper-specialized subfields, but nevertheless the way in which we view particular scientific disciplines is rapidly changing (largely due to the influx of new technology). With all forms of progress, as something new steps […]

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Reproducibility Crisis Part 4: Donald Trump and P-Hacking

P-Hacking, P-Hacking and Donald Trump

  If you have paid any attention to the reproducibility crisis in recent years you have probably become familiar with the term ‘P-Hacking’. You probably have also come to understand P-Hacking as a form of data fishing in which researchers search for any sort of “statistically significant” correlations in a […]

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Reproducibility Crisis, Part 3: Scientific Skepticism

Scientific Skepticism

  A recent segment on the TV show Last Week Tonight addressed the media’s shortcomings in reporting scientific information. Citing headlines such as “Dogs Don’t Like Hugs & Can Raise Stress” and “Glass of Red Wine Equivalent to Hour of Gym Time”, Oliver lambasted mass-media outlets for their sensationalism and […]

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Reproducibility Crisis – Why We Need More Dark Reactions Projects

Reproducibility, Reproducibility Crisis

Part 1 of the ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ Series In a May 2016 Nature Magazine survey, 1,576 scientific researchers were asked various questions about the so-called ‘Reproducibility Crisis’.  Of the participants, 52% said that there was a significant crisis, while another 38% suggested that there is only a slight crisis. It seems that what once looked overblown […]

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3 Hurdles to the Precision Medicine Revolution

precision medicine, precision medicine revolution

Precision medicine, which exists at the confluence of pharmacology, various ‘omics’ fields and data science, is the latest buzzword promising the eventual solution to all health problems by the personalization of the treatment process. The approach accepts the complexity of and variance between humans, and attempts to develop drugs for […]

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The Epigenetic Wars, Starring Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddharta Mukherjee, Siddharta Mukherjee New Yorker

Siddhartha Mukherjee, a physician and the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, recently published a piece in the New Yorker to promote his new book Gene: An Intimate History. While the book has already become Mukherjee’s second New York Times Bestseller, the article in the New Yorker has generated […]

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