On Statistics, Reporting and Bacon

I’ve previously ranted about the need for a “journalistic analytics” college major, to help with reporting (and editing) news containing statistical analysis. Today I read an otherwise well written article that inadvertently demonstrates how easy it is for even seasoned reporters to slip up. The cover story of the November 9 issue of Time magazine, …

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The Antiquity of Cancer

Historic Tumor Drawing, before and after, via Wikimedia Commons   Cancer is a leading cause of death in the world today, however it is something that archaeologists rarely identify in human remains from the past. The hypothesis behind this is that cancer is primarily caused by modern living conditions and increased longevity in humans. It …

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Cancer genomics

A great article in Esquire on the frontier of cancer genomics. It’s only a matter of time before many wealthy individuals diagnosed with cancer seek out this standard of care. (I’m told that sequencing alone can lead to actionable conclusions in more than a few percent of all cases, even now.) The resulting advances will …

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