Guest post: It’s an exciting time to be studying human genetics


This is a guest post by Mark Kaganovich, PhD candidate in Genetics at Stanford University and Founder of SolveBio (full bio below).  It’s an exciting time to be studying human genetics.  Advances in genomic technologies mean that we are rapidly accumulating information about the genetic differences between individuals and across populations. But, how do those differences in […]

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Guest post: Funding new discoveries with!


This is a guest post by Matt Salzberg, Founder of (full bio below). If you’re a scientist, you know that funding is becoming harder and harder to find. Traditional sources of funding, such as grants from the National Science Foundation or the National Institute of Health are time intensive, restrictive and slow.  And application success rates […]

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Could Outsourcing Experiments Solve Ethical Transport of Lab Mice?


The transport of animals for research can become problematic for a variety of reasons. The stress placed on animals during transport often necessitate 1-week recovery periods upon arrival at research facilities. Bio-imporation laws complicate matters, where strict AZ quarantine requirements frequently delay access to transgenic strains of mice. And targeting by animal rights groups increasingly […]

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Science Exchange Co-Founder Elizabeth Iorns Receives 2012 Kauffman Entrepreneur Award


I’m excited to share that Science Exchange Co-Founder & CEO Elizabeth Iorns has been selected as the 2012 Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The award, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and National Postdoctoral Association, recognizes new entrepreneurs who have recently completed or conducted postdoctoral training. Elizabeth conducted postdoctoral training at the University of Miami’s […]

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Guest post: C-CAMP – A new model for enabling science in India


This is a guest post by Taslimarif Saiyed, Ph.D., Director and COO of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) (full bio below).  India has great scientists, but has not achieved maximum output as a community in science, especially in the biological sciences.  One reason has been lack of access to cutting-edge technologies to support […]

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The future of universities


Paul Graham just published a new essay on Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas in which he discusses a number of area that appear ripe for disruption by startups. One of the areas he mentioned was the university system: Replace Universities. People are all over this idea lately, and I think they’re onto something. I’m reluctant to suggest that […]

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Guest post: Making the most of peer networking


This is a guest post by Susanna Perkins, Director of Research Cores & Operations in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School (full bio below).  Seven years ago, I was hired by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) to centralize their core facilities management from an operations […]

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Guest post: The rise of contractual conservatism – will it subvert sharing of scientific resources?


This is a guest post by Stephen Byers, Director of the Lombardi Shared Resources at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University (full bio below).  As director of shared resources at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and as Director of the Translation Technologies component of the Georgetown/Howard Univerity CTSA, my goal is to provide our […]

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Guest post: The things you can learn from sequencing: Microbes, Primates, and Climate Change


This is a guest post by Carl Yeoman, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who will start as Assistant Professor in the Animal and Range Sciences Dept. at Montana State University in August (full bio below).  At this year’s Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) 2012 conference, […]

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