What Would We Do Without Peer Review?

“The Distributed Idea Suppression Complex”. For those of us who enjoy long form podcasts (and have a little knowledge of genetics) this is a fascinating story. Eric Weinstein can be a pompous asshole, but if you’re interested in stories of scientific malfeasance and the implications of “broken” mice, stick with it. The real meat begins at about 45 minutes in.

Besides, I have lots on my plate and it may be all you get today.

5 Replies to “What Would We Do Without Peer Review?”

  1. As I have always thought ever since I heard a British comedian make the joke, it’s the rats that give you cancer.

  2. So, if I can summarize to help my understanding;.

    1. Lab mice are not natural mice but have extended telomeres on the end of their DNA strings.
    2. The telomeres are counters that prevent cells reproducing more timesw than is safe to prevent defects propagating.
    3. This allows their cells to reproduce more, including reproducing defects.
    4. This means a defective cell will continue producing itself many more times than natural, therefore they are more prone to cancer .
    5. This also means they are more tolerant to toxic effects of substances as the cells can continue to survive

    Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m having trouble with point 5. I also confuse DNA with cells but this is my Cole’s Notes version.

  3. Good summary. As I understand it, the abnormally long telomeres make them more prone to cancer as they age, but when they’re young they’re more resistant to toxicity. That, and there’s a Nobel winning biologist out there trafficking in stolen intellectual property.

    1. Yes thanks for pointing out #6 which I overlooked. It seems l;ike she wanted to keep it as some trade secret.