help with career

Adam Finkelstein adamf at vtaix.cc.vt.edu
Tue Jun 9 14:53:54 EST 1998


In article <6ljken$89g$1 at news.tamu.edu>, dahd <dahd at xxnospam.com> wrote:
>
>And the sad fact is that there are very very serious problems with
>insect pests that need a great deal more attention and funding.
>
>To name a few--
>
>Fire ants throughout the South
>Termites Control
>Roach Control
>Cattle Pests of Various sorts
>Tick Control/ to control arthropod borne diseases like Lyme Disease
>and several others.
o>Mosquitos-- public health issues here.  We haven't had a great
>huge encephalitis epidemic in years, but it can happen.  Lots of
>other diseases transmitted by these critters too.
>
>The point here is that bucks have been going to very sexy research
>areas in biotech and genetics. Great! But there is still lots of
>of biological research that needs doing.

>Underfunded areas-- Entomology, Botany, Invertebrate Zoology.

Honey bee parasitism/disease research should have been included in the
above list--we'll forgive dahd for the omission.

But molecular biology is so elegant--you just find 'em and grind 'em right?
I mean, can't _anyone_ sequence genomes now, with all the nifty software?

>Nearly dead areas of scholarship include paleontology,  comparative 
>anatomy, developmental embryology
>just to name  a few.
>

Well, with Cladistics and the new perception that molecular genetics gives
the researcher, why mess around with these untidy disciplines, right?

>Well, resources are always limited, and we put our bucks in a targeted
>fashion on what seems important to human interest-- and by targeting
>our research we miss many opportunities for discovery through
>basic research/and luck  to solve the very problems we attempt to 
>deal with through targeted research.

Yep. 

Adam

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