Biologists of aging and cancer are all too familiar with this process. I’ve often lamented the phenomenon depicted on the right-hand side of the figure — the “Cancer cured…again!” news story, poorly adapted from a university press release about a recent peer-reviewed paper, confusing the public while signifying nothing. Lately, as biogerontology heats up, the same thing has been happening with aging research. If I had more time I might consider starting a collection of unintentionally hilarious discussions of our field derived from the mainstream media. For now, hopefully this comic will suffice.
On a related note, see Research Topics Guaranteed To Be Picked Up By the News Media. From Piled Higher & Deeper: Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia, by Jorge Cham, who is always hilarious. Click through, read the comics, buy his books, and realize that you are not alone.
(For previous installments of Sunday Funnies, see here.)