Why Geneticists Need Designers: Making DNA Into Art

February 27, 2013 | Posted by Team in Science as Art |

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This is a guest post by Kishan Bhoopalam of Genetik Ink, a startup developing interactive DNA art.

We are now at a point in which advances in genetics are personally affecting consumers lives. With companies such as 23andMe and deCODEme, consumers now have the ability to see their own genetic information and make important health decisions.

This direct-to-consumer model of genetics and analysis has the potential to revolutionize society. But while this new era seems promising, there must be a cultural change in how scientists approach the development of these new technologies. Read the rest of this entry »

March Metrics! The First Annual World Championship for Scientific Impact

February 11, 2013 | Posted by Guest in Events |


This is a guest post by Llewellyn Cox, Program Administrator for Research at the USC School of Pharmacy, and Founder of Research2.0. (full bio below).

Competition is the fuel that drives innovation. Without competition to drive evolution in nature, species retreat into genetic cul-de-sacs, leaving them vulnerable to ecological shifts and invasive species. In business, a lack of competition causes organizations to become bloated, inefficient bureaucracies that suffer from increasingly diminished returns. Without competition, career progress is arbitrary and unsatisfying, and sport is merely exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Scientists Outsource Experiments?

February 7, 2013 | Posted by Team in Company, Research |

When we created Science Exchange, we did so with the goal of helping scientists better find and access scientific services across instituti. We have since built a directory of 1400 services, as well as project management and payment systems to expedite the outsourcing process across 500 institutions.

Towards the aim of continually improving this process, we reached out to our user base earlier this year for their thoughts on outsourcing of experiments. Of the 160 users that responded to a 5-minute survey, we came upon some interesting insights into how research is currently outsourced and how Science Exchange could be optimized to help. Read the rest of this entry »

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