Today in research: other Nobel winners, the usefulness of nose things, an "alternative" vaccination schedule, and the odd sounds captured during a meteor shower.
- How the other Nobel winners reacted to the news today. The bittersweet report of scientist Ralph Steinman dying only three days before being awarded with the Nobel prize in medicine -- and its status (it will still be awarded posthumously) -- dominated the headlines about the Nobel announcement. But Steinman was only one of three scientists honored for immune system advances. Bloomberg News caught up with honoree Dr. Bruce A. Beutler of the Scripps Research Institute, who reacted this way: "I woke up in the middle of the night, and glanced at my cell phone, and the first thing I saw was a message line that just said the words 'Nobel Prize,'" he said. 'Needless to say, I grabbed it and started looking at messages. Wow." French scientist Dr. Jules Hoffman was quite humbled in a conversation with the AP saying, "I wasn't sure this domain merited a Nobel." [Bloomberg News, Associated Press]
- Sometimes an 'alternative' vaccination schedule means no vaccination schedule. Another example of just how pervasive the now-retracted 1998 Lancet study purporting an autism-vaccine link may still be. About 1 in 10 parents cited in a new study relayed by Reuters refused "some vaccines or delaying vaccines until kids were older -- mostly because parents thought that 'seemed safer.'" The researchers "worry that more parents may be refusing vaccines in the future, raising the risk that diseases like measles and whooping cough will spread in schools and communities." [Reuters]
Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.