So, yesterday, I described a meta-analytical study about ADHD. You recall that effecting a meta analysis means one examines data collected from various studies and attempts to see if there are correlative results among the studies. (See that word- correlative? Meta-analysis doesn’t really help to determine causation; it just lets one correlate large collections of data to see if there is a trend or factor that stands out.)
Years ago, we found multiple uses for a microbe that we had been manufacturing. It would increase the amount of synthetic snow, so less refrigeration power was needed to “powder the slopes”. The same microbe, when injected into Elm trees arrested a disease that was devouring the entire population. Unfortunately, by the time we were done with our studies, there weren’t enough trees left to support a commercial product.