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 [...]
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 [...]