Big Pharma does harm and computers are amazing: this week’s best links

a lake and a beach

  1. This is the best use of big data ever; it does something that has never been tried before using the kind of computing power we’ve never had before, to solve huge, complex problems.
  2. Duck of Minerva provides an thoughtful and entertaining overview of the process of choosing a new Secretary General for the WHO.
  3. Two examples of harm from drug companies. First, they continue to push agricultural antibiotics despite the evidence that they harm human health. And second, MSF refuses a donation of free vaccines and provides an excellent discussion of how these donations are a distraction from the real problem of price-gouging.