October 2008

Combining Molecular Signals

October 27, 2008

When I discuss medical applications in my talks, I often mention the advantage of targeting cells with active agents, such as toxins, directed by adding and thresholding signals from sensors of different kinds. This is not so necessary in targeting bacteria and viruses, since they look so different from mammalian cells, but could help greatly […]

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The Data Explosion and the Scientific Method

October 25, 2008

Scientists in an increasing number of fields are doing science in new ways, exploiting powerful new data-collection technologies with the aid of computational methods and a little humility. Tradition demands that science always be hypothesis-driven: First, try to guess the truth, and only afterward collect experimental data to test whether the guess predicts the results. […]

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