The Importance of Interdisciplinary Learning
Sometimes I try to read papers from the other sections of, for instance, PNAS, just because it seems like a good idea to have some idea of what’s going on in the other sciences. (Because, for all we know, the answer to all the mental problems are in the immune system. And no, this isn’t nearly as farfetched as it sounds…there are a ton of people doing work on immune factors and their effects on the nervous system, especially those factors with epigenetic effects, e.g. histone deacetylation.)
However…I get about halfway through the abstract and my eyes just glaze over. It’s not because I don’t understand the terminology (that only happens with math, c’mon!), it’s because I have no idea how this information is at all useful. Granted, depth is how things have to be done these days, since we’re on top of the basics…but I swear there needs to be a requirement for the Discussion to include both systems and cellular/molecular relevance.
Otherwise, that nice paper about G-protein coupling is going to my Recycle Bin.