Nature is a staggeringly good journal. 99% of it is several thousand feet above my head (so, totally unlike life, then).
But the quality of the journalism is as good as the science, and there is this from the 3rd October 2013 issue…
Great myths die hard by Heloise Dufour and Sean Carroll
“Scientific myths are harmful. They distort the history and the process of science by portraying researchers as extraordinary people making epic advances in a fast, linear fashion. Such tales are particularly damaging to the public’s and to students’ understanding of the pace and complexity of science. For example, the Fleming myth ignores the vast time, effort and extra data that are required to make a medically viable drug. And by crediting luminaries with fictional achievements, we create superheroes that no student can hope to match.”