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13 Jun 2010 11:51


Tech: The Human Genome Project didn’t cure cancer after all, guys

  • $3
    amount that was spent to decode the human genome, a project finished a decade ago
  • not
    the project’s benefit to the medical world since then (its original selling point) source
  • » Clarification: While the completion of the Human Genome Project led to Bill Clinton saying that it will “revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of most, if not all, human diseases,” it hasn’t led to direct cures but perhaps more informed answers. It’s becoming clear to some that rare variants, not common genes, are likely the cause of many diseases. Meaning it’s not a silver bullet but a definite starting point. “Genomics is a way to do science, not medicine,” said Harold Varmus, the incoming chair of the National Cancer Institute.

02 Oct 2009 10:38


Music: Here’s the average score of Pitchfork’s top 20 albums of the 2000s

  • 9.2 the average score of the top 20 albums of the decade; two albums (including the top one, Radiohead’s “Kid A,” and Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”) scored perfect tens, and most albums were above 9.0
  • two hip-hop albums – Outkast’s “Stankonia” and Ghostface Killah’s “Supreme Clientele,” weren’t reviewed (we averaged those); Daft Punk’s “Discovery” was lowest-rated at 6.4 – it’s in third place source

10 Aug 2009 22:34


Music: Coming soon: A massively-debated list from Pitchfork

So, what’s gonna be at the top of Pitchfork’s top-albums-of-the-decade list? Arcade Fire? Radiohead? Travis Morrison? Keep an eye out. source