One Big Science Man: What is (Im)Possible for Scientists with Money?

Craig Venter knows a lot, but there is also a lot that Craig Venter does not know. He knows the sequence of the human genome, having led the private-sector efforts to complete the project back in 2000. In the process, he showed that he also knows how to piss off a lot of people, prompting his critics to label him an egomaniac, and James Watson … Continue reading One Big Science Man: What is (Im)Possible for Scientists with Money?

The Selfish Speed of Science Publishing

Information is instant. I remember the moment when this fact of the digital age was made unequivocally clear to me. It was the summer of 2014 in Montreal and I felt my room shake. A truck? Thunder? An earthquake? An earthquake. The news was up on Twitter faster than it seemed possible to type.

Yet, as the internet breathes immediacy into almost all forms of communication, the dissemination of biological findings has remained embarrassingly slow. Research routinely takes years to be shared, hindering the speed at which science progresses… Continue reading The Selfish Speed of Science Publishing