How cancer escapes chemotherapy

This is a heads up for a very useful essay, written by Mel Greaves, for The Darwin Cancer Blog - a blog dedicated to commenting on evolutionary approaches to cancer. In this essay, titled "Ways of Escape", Greaves draws a number of comparisons between chemo-resistance...

More misery for the amyloid hypothesis

Further to our feature, a few weeks ago, on the state of health of the amyloid hypothesis - the dominant hypothesis to explain Alzheimer's disease - comes news of yet another abandoned trial. This time the company is Merck and the drug under test is verubecestat,...

R.I.P. Hygiene Hypothesis

I've just come across this excellent article in the current issue of PNAS - by science writer Megan Scudellari. The article is liberally sprinkled with quotes from the doyen of the so-called "old friends" hypothesis, Graham Rook of University College, London, and his...