Cancer Initiation: May 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Announcing Cancer Initiation

Cancer initiation is devoted to scientific and medical advances in understanding related to the process of cancer initiation. At the present time, funding and interest is focused like a laser on "the cure", and yet, as we are in the midst of an epidemic, it would seem that is is much more reasonable to focus like a laser on "the cause". The obvious, and most likely reason for the disparity between therapeutic research and prevention research, is the the pharmaceutical industry plays a great role in influencing research, and the value of prevention is not immediately monetarily quantifiable.
  As I do not run a laboratory,  there will not be "new data" posted here. The traditional scientific publishing community is fully capable of publishing articles presenting new data. This blog, then will be devoted to discussions that are most likely to be barred or edited out of traditional publications. Most of these articles will be devoted to hypothesis generation, based upon the review of published data. For some reason not related to the fundamental concepts of science, these type of articles are typically barred from most traditional scientific publications. In fact, the model fitting aspect of science has always been of much greater importance than data collection. Not that actual data is not important, but in order to develop a foundation for a theory, it must be collected and agreed upon beyond statistical doubt.
  Another factor relating to the role of data analysis and hypothesis generation in science is that the internet and automated data collection models have changed the role of data in science. Where as traditional laboratory scientists may have labored for days or weeks over each point on their graph, in many cases modern laboratory  electronic  equipment can fire out digital data like a fire hose. In order to take advantage of these technical data collection strategies, researchers of the future will more often be faced with the problem of "dipping a straw into the fire hose". Discussions such as those are welcome here.