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Dr. Arno Motulsky

Arno Motulsky, one of the founders of human medical genetics, died on January 17, 2018, at the age of 94 in Seattle (New York Times obituary, 1/29/18). I doubt his name is familiar to any of our current medical or graduate students, yet he pioneered studies of the genetics of heart disease, blood disorders, infections Read More

Many faculty members at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and elsewhere are likely inundated with requests to contribute articles to journals—none of which they’ve ever heard of. When I started receiving such requests, I was first surprised; then I became skeptical. As the requests kept pouring in, I created a folder in my email named Read More

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Because I am an internal-medicine physician, friends and family members frequently ask me to recommend other physicians. When I make these endorsements, they are always of doctors who I trust will deliver the most evidence-based care. Why? Because the doctor who keeps up with the medical literature, whose practice evolves to incorporate new scientific discoveries Read More

Earle Chambers, Ph.D. hiking

In this picture from May, I am on a hike: 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail. It’s my third year in a row, and so far I’ve done about 180 miles of the trail’s 2,190 miles. It stretches from Georgia to Maine and every year is a new adventure with challenges all along the way Read More

Illustration of sperm fertilizing egg

Editors’ Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Forbes.com. In July, a large study was published purporting to show that sperm concentrations in the ejaculate of men in Western countries had declined by 52 percent between 1973 and 2010. The new study synthesized results from 185 studies from 50 different countries. The authors concluded that, “These findings strongly Read More

One year ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a call to fund novel curricular activities to provide enhanced training for the next generation of biomedical scientists, with a specific focus on the skills necessary for conducting reproducible and rigorous (RR) research. A lack of reproducibility of major studies in biomedical science has been Read More