Science spam.

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Eisen vented some frustration at science spam on his blog [Biotechnology spam getting worse and worse]. Like many other researchers, I am inundated with irritating spam from science companies, usually selling reagents or equipment that I don’t use. They just end up in the spam filter with the rest of the aggravating, time-wasting solicitations that we all receive.

This one struck me as particularly amusing, however, so I thought I would share it. Next time you’re thinking of writing a paper about macroevolutionary theory in a paleontology journal, be sure to order your monoclonal antibodies from these folks.

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3 thoughts on “Science spam.

  1. Wow, they is currently have it!

    I’m a soon-to-be ex (yay!) marketer in this industry myself, and the reason you get emails like this is because they work. Just like how all those male enhancement emails keep on coming because a certain percentage of people do actually buy. Hit enough people and some will buy while some will be seriously annoyed with you! Oh, and you are almost guaranteed to make silly mistakes like this one, depending on the software you use to create these “personalised” messages. Your best bet is to unsubscribe and tell them exactly why.

    (Please don’t anyone unleash a stream of venom at me, I’ve seen the error of my ways and I’m leaving the dark side next week!)

  2. Here is my latest … and most annoying. I get SPAM from NIH routinely now. Apparently, despite my work in microbial genome sequencing and informatics, I am on the angiogenesis mailing list.

    The NCI Angiogenesis Core Facility
    FAES (Foundation for the Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc.)
    at the National Institutes of Health

    Analytical Techniques for the Quantitation of Angiogenesis and Lymphoangiogenesis
    Monday, October 29 – Thursday, November 1, 2007 – 9:00 – 5:00p.m.
    Fee – $850, Class limit of 20 participants
    The growth of blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis, is essential in normal physiology and its imbalance contributes to numerous disorders including cancer and age-related macular degeneration. Antiangiogenic compounds are regarded as a very promising therapeutic tools for treatment of cancer and several other disorders The NCI Angiogenesis Core Facility and the FAES is co-sponsoring a hands-on four day training course on analytical techniques used to assess the in vitro/in vivo growth of blood vessel and lymphatic endothelial cells.
    The course will be structured to have a combination of wet labs and lectures covering this subject matter. Hands-on operational training of the following techniques will be covered: 1) Chorioallantoic Membrane Assay (CAM), 2) Rat Aortic Ring Assay, 3) Directed In Vivo Angiogenesis Assay (DIVAA), 4) Endothelial Cell Migration Assay and 5) Endothelial Cell Tube Formation Assay.

    Lecture Titles:
    Angiogenesis and it’s Regulation by Redox Signaling; Angiogenesis and Tumor Endothelial Markers (TEM); Therapies Targeting Tumor Angiogenesis; Imaging of Lymphangiogenesis; ECIS – A Morphological Biosensor for Cell Research; DIVVA: A Novel Method for Measuring Angiogenesis

    Laboratory Topics:
    Rat Aortic Ring Assay; Chick Embryo Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) Assay; Tube Formation Assay; Growth Assay with Fluorescent Cells; Adhesion, Migration (ECIS) Tube Formation Assay; DIVVA CAM Assay

    Course Director – Dr. Enrique Zudaire – NCI Angiogenesis Core Facility –

    Registration information can be found on our website – or obtained from Bea Sonnenberg at FAES (301-496-2316). Course schedule and content information can be obtained from Mark Nardone at 301-496-8290, or Dr. Enrique Zudaire. If you desire a copy of the Bio-Trac flyer or a course schedule, please request by email and we can send you a pdf. Please forward to others who might be interested.

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