December 4, 2007
A recent comment from whimple is pretty self explanatory:
Say I work on the mechanics of bunny-hopping. My papers get sent for review to colleague bunny-hoppers, my grants are reviewed by the bunny-hopping study section, and there is never really an opportunity (ESPECIALLY with the study section) for a non-bunny-hopper to stand up and say, “look, other than the bunny-hoppers, nobody really cares about bunny-hopping, and I think we already know all we need to know about bunny-hopping for now,” and close down the field.
I’ve been thinking about this a bit more. Too lazy to find the link but I recall Physioprof busting on human functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging studies, this might have been at someone else’s blog, I don’t recall. I’ve been known to take the occasional potshot at knockout transcription factor de jour studies.
The question of the day, Dear Reader, is what type of science could you really do without? Or at least cut way back on? What really ticks you off that “your” next R01 is being wasted on such obvious crap? C’mon, fess up.
I was also thinking about a neat little exercise for the home reader so if you like this one better go nutz. Take bunny-hopping and go with it. Assume you are submitting your next proposal to a study section with a large number of bunny-hopper scientists. Write up some Aims of interest to you that relate to bunny-hopping. Maybe toss out some experiments. This is brainstorming mode (think Program Project!) so just throw out some ideas they don’t have to be fully formed. Dang if we had a few more scientists blogging this would make a decent meme… Anyway, an example:
Aim I: To determine if long distance bunny hopping results in increased liability to abuse drugs.
In this Aim bunny hopping will be employed as a model of compulsive exercise akin to a proposed “running addiction” phenotype in humans. The goals are to determine if a compulsive hopping paradigm established in the laboratory disrupts general reward pathways leaving animals at increased liability to develop compulsive drug taking behavior.