The phone-call that changes everything

Phones are constantly interrupting our conversation. He warns the voice on the other side of the line that he is surrounded by people and cannot say «exactly» what he wants because there are journalists in the room. «You know, don’t you? It’s just like last Monday. The difference is that now we know more,» he says in code. When he hangs up, he provides the beseeching faces with an answer. «I’m being fired tomorrow,» he confesses with a nervous laugh, seven minutes into the conversation. CONTINUE READING
*** PROJECT FUNDED BY WCSJ2019. After the election of Donald Trump as US president, scientists around the world marched for science. Many chose to play a more prominent role in the public sphere and some even decided to embark on a political career. The Struggle with politics project intends to give seven journalists from around the world the possibility to follow one such scientist closely during their politico-social coming-out. At the WCSJ2019, each will present multimedia stories about their scientists, including an element of self-reflection as the journalists consider their own role in the realm of science democracy.

Joan Massagué: “Ya es hora de despojar a las metástasis de su siniestro misterio”

Farmacéutico, hijo de farmacéuticos. Joan Massagué es uno de los científicos de referencia del cáncer y sus metástasis. Se ha pasado más de media vida en Estados Unidos, donde dirige a los 1.500 investigadores del Instituto Sloan Kettering de Nueva York. Nunca ha perdido el contacto con la ciencia de su país, donde preside el comité científico internacional del Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Barcelona, que contribuyó a fundar en 2005.

Conflictos de interés que empañan carreras científicas

El prestigioso oncólogo Josep Baselga ha hecho público hace unas horas que abandona la dirección médica del Sloan Kettering Cancer Center de Nueva York, días después de que The New York Timesdenunciase que no había declarado su relación con la industria en sus estudios.  No es raro que surjan este tipo de vínculos. Lo que hay que hacer es declararlos, opinan los expertos SEGUIR LEYENDO