Research in Biological Sciences
I am looking at the Wnt signalling pathway in my research, which is altered in some cancers. Last week, my supervisor gave me two of the latest papers in the field to look at. I haven't read them in detail yet but below are two sentences from the papers:
- ... we provide the formal demonstration that APC is necessary for β-catenin phosphorylation ... (Lili Wang, 2014)
- ... our findings support the view that APC is dispensable for β-catenin phosphorylation ... (Jan Gerlach, 2015)
In other words, they are making pretty much the complete opposite claim.
Now both claims may be true, and I am happy to believe that both of these outcomes are possible depending on the setup of the experiments. In fact, maybe it is not as black as white as I make it once I have read the papers properly, but this is the reality of research in the biological sciences for you.
Every day I am learning that we have no idea how anything to do with nature or the human body works.
Better get on with it then.
Posted on 17 Jan 2015, 4:35 p.m.
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