Category Research & Science

Big Pharma Pays to Keep You Healthy

While a ~$175 Lipitor prescription appears to be expensive, the price seems more reasonable when you consider Pfizer spent over $1 billion in developing the cholesterol-reducing medication. Today, Lipitor sales (not taking generic Atorvastatin into consideration) are upwards of $125 billion since the FDA approved the drug in 1996. Put modestly, Lipitor was successful, but […]

What’s Up With Doxycycline? The price…

Yesterday, I went to pick up my doxycycline prescription at the local pharmacy and was taken aback when I was told my total was $165. About six months ago, I paid $70 for the same medication, so I wondered how it was possible for the price of a common tetracycline antibiotic to double in such […]

Using Human T-Cells to Fight Cancer

Inspiring article on the work Dr. Carl June and his colleagues are doing to treat leukemia at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center: http://www.phillymag.com/articles/carl-june-key-fighting-cancer/ The scientific publication from NCBI via pubmed.gov: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23890063

RNAi: The Basis Of My Research

RNA interference, or RNAi, is the process by which long double-stranded RNA (ldsRNA) that codes for a unique protein in an organism is physically incorporated into the genome of said organism. The immune system of the organism recognizes the newly incorporated,  ldsRNA as an allegedly harmful entity that must be eliminated from the body. The […]

What’s This All About?

        Regrettably, my busy summer schedule has consumed me a bit too much and has prevented me from composing a first entry to my blog…until now. Enough excuses, moving on. Allow me to divulge some more meaningful information. So as you may, or probably don’t, know I’ve been conducting a bit of […]