I spy… RATinitis pigmentosa

In BBC Focus, issue 302 Christmas 2016 Boy do BBC Focus know how to bury the lead. The story beings with a positive frame: “In a breakthrough that’s been described by researchers as the Holy Grail of genetics”, we can see an almost religious exaltation. The reader gets excited to learn more, but we should be cautious.… Continue reading I spy… RATinitis pigmentosa

I spy… Scientific sex offense -try saying that three times fast!

In BBC Focus, Dec 2016 – under the headline: “Five of the most bizarre science experiments in history”. Here’s a translation of what actually happened: What is says…                                 What actually happened: She lived with a dolphin = The dolphin… Continue reading I spy… Scientific sex offense -try saying that three times fast!

I Spy…”Implants let paralysed monkeys move.”

Yay for science, right? Wrong! Then you read on: The spinal cord was severed on one side above the implant, and a second implant put into the part of the brain that controls the affected leg. This implant detected when the monkey wanted to move and sent signals to the device in the spine. Within six… Continue reading I Spy…”Implants let paralysed monkeys move.”