The inevitable xkcd link.

This xkcd cartoon is interesting:

…both for the science behind it (feel free to demonstrate your superior grasp of biomedical research by understanding this better than I do – which is to say, at all) and the commentary about the strip, which ranges from “ZOMG you’re making jokes referencing cancer you bad person” to “ZOMG you have completely gotten wrong three or four arcane bits about biomedical research you bad person” – although admittedly both of those types of responses are being treated with mockery that was more gentle than it could have been.  All I know is, I think that the possibility was first brought up in “Our Neural Chernobyl.”

Hmm.  I should look up the date that that story was supposed to have taken place.


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  • MikeCG says:

    Yeah, seeing as the author’s fiancee has been fighting breast cancer for the past nine months, I feel like he has both the moral authority and the insider perspective to make these kind of jokes.

  • MikeCG says:

    Also, I’m not a science guy either, but my younger brother from is a college senior studying biology and economics, with plans to go onto grad school for biology and enter the medical research field. I put this comic on his Facebook wall, and his response was “My only regret is that I have but one like to give to this comic.” So it passed the smell test with him at least.

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