A little over a year ago, I was suggesting that Figshare should offer some paying plans in order to allow some advanced users to upload large files that exceeded the possibilities of free plan (See Figshare: Take my data! Take my money!). I was very pleased when they announced new premium (i.e. paying) plans at the end [...]
Newsweek published a detailed article about bio-hacking and the DIYBio movement. The article includes several paragraphs describing the work of our friends at Genspace. Read the article...
Several members of the lab have been involved in the development of SBOL since 2008. These efforts have been recognized by the publication in Nature Biotechnology of a commentary describing this community effort. Read the article here.
The open access journal PeerJ is changing the open-access publication business model. Instead of a charging a publishing fee per article, it is a relying on a membership model. Each author pays a $99 lifetime membership to the journal but do not incur publication fees afterwards. The journal has been setting up partnerships with institutions [...]
Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus published a perspective on the current state of the US biomedical research enterprise in PNAS. The perspective is pretty bleak but their high-level and courageous position is very useful because it helps depersonalize the challenges we are all facing on a daily basis. Also acknowledging the problems is [...]
I was recently interviewed by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from the Future of Humanity Institute. I am putting edited excerpts from this interview below with the hope of engaging a discussion. During this discussion, I am advocating that we work toward the development of a culture of security in biology that goes beyond the traditional notion of biosecurity [...]