The Decision Tree: Thomas Goetz’s upcoming book on predictive/personalized medicine

In the past months Thomas Goetz begun writing a book on the radical changes already ongoing but mostly upcoming in healthcare due to affordable new technologies and quantitative approaches in personalized genomics and medicine. The book is to be called The Decision Tree (explanation below) accompanied by a new website. Thomas is the perfect man… Continue reading The Decision Tree: Thomas Goetz’s upcoming book on predictive/personalized medicine

“blogs.nature.com v1 is live” and beyond

A new, completely rewritten, integrated nature.com website blogs.nature.com has been launched by the Natureplex people – informed his Twitter pals Euan Adie: Also, blogs.nature.com v1 is live! Tequila and donuts all round. Early n’ often release v2 coming on the 18th so get any bug reports in now. Suggest good science blogs that are not… Continue reading “blogs.nature.com v1 is live” and beyond

Sergey Brin, Gly2019Ser & a real chance against Parkinson disease/aging!

It was already known that amongst the Google top people Sergey Brin is the one who is most interested in pushing biotechnology and the biomedical sciences: in his Stanford years he was interested in biology courses according to The Google Story, he married Anne Wojcicki (who graduted from biology at Yale), Google invested $4.4 million… Continue reading Sergey Brin, Gly2019Ser & a real chance against Parkinson disease/aging!

Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Looks like this August is the center of my science related social life in 2008: starting with the bottom-up BioBarCamp unconference in Palo Alto followed by the top-down Sci Foo Camp unconference in Mountain View and now The Science Blogging Conference in London on the 30th. This conference is an interesting mix: on one hand… Continue reading Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Hourglass, a blog carnival devoted to the biology of aging

Finally Chris over at Ouroboros came up with the idea and the quick implementation of Hourglass, a blog carnival devoted to the biology of aging/biogerontology.  For some reason I am not an explicit supporter of blog carnivals – many of my posts were chosen by carnival editors but I never hosted one -, but Hourglass… Continue reading Hourglass, a blog carnival devoted to the biology of aging

Help Craig Newmark find a new hobby on Twitter!

Internet celebrities are not celebrities in a sense that you can easily communicate with them on services like Twitter (assuming the services are not down). There’s no such thing as an internet bodyguard except some firewalls in Windows. So this day I found Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder tweeting this: I suggested him a forward looking… Continue reading Help Craig Newmark find a new hobby on Twitter!

80 is the new 50 so Carl Icahn has a blog without content.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn (72) recently made the bloglines with his energetic position on the Microsoft – Yahoo deal. He has a blog too or at least it is coming soon since 01/31. /Having a blog for more than 3 months without any content is kinda equivalent with planning to sign up for Twitter but… Continue reading 80 is the new 50 so Carl Icahn has a blog without content.

Social or semantic connections? Tell me, infofriend!

Clive Thompson – undoubtedly a good journalist – has a piece, entitled Information Overlord in May Wired issue (not online yet, but already problematic) on his experience with semantic Web app Twine. Clive also formulates a provocative though about the value of information modulated social connections. “But the truth is, sometimes social connections are less… Continue reading Social or semantic connections? Tell me, infofriend!

The Tweet Cloud of a biotech geek blogger

With TweetClouds (scripting: John Krutsch design: Jared Stein) people can generate the Tweet Cloud of a Twitter user. In case of bloggers/Twitters it is an interesting question whether there are any strong differences between the category cloud/Tweet Cloud of the same person suggesting patterns in web behavior. I’ve just generated mine. One obvious difference is… Continue reading The Tweet Cloud of a biotech geek blogger

Let’s compile a Biotech for IT folks book and publish it!

IT people are the dominant high tech tribe today and especially on the web. But biotechnology (BT) is the next infotech so no wonder that the IT crowd is growingly curious about everything biotagged on the one hand, while they are usually not too savvy in DNA-RNA-protein-organelle-cell-tissue-organ-organism related matters on the other hand. Check for… Continue reading Let’s compile a Biotech for IT folks book and publish it!

The MitoWheel blog keeps you updated!

MitoWheel is a cool graphical interface of the circular human mitochondrial genome, which helps the user to get familiar with the mito DNA by searching, clicking and tailoring it. I introduced you MitoWheel a week or so ago, but now you can follow the updates on the MitoWheel Blog. On the blog you get first-hand… Continue reading The MitoWheel blog keeps you updated!

Will JoVE’s new science blog service reinvent the genre?

The pioneer biological video publishing site JoVE (covered here many times) will soon launch a blogging platform and a community site. Nikita Bernstein, the main nerd behind JoVE is building the code and the platform – as Anne Kushnir informed me – should hopefully go live in the next couple of weeks. At least that… Continue reading Will JoVE’s new science blog service reinvent the genre?

The Spittoon: the eminent corporate blog of 23andMe and Consumer Enabled Research

The personal genomics service 23andMe just launched publicly a corporate blog called The Spittoon that has been internally up for a few weeks. It is a new chapter in biotech corporate blogging. Just like the web page of 23andMe, The Spittoon’s WordPress blog platform, the concept and design is excellent: amongst others you can find… Continue reading The Spittoon: the eminent corporate blog of 23andMe and Consumer Enabled Research

My transatlantic air reading: Bubble City, a blog novel by Aaron Swartz

At least I know what I will read on the plane over at the Atlantic tomorrow back to old Europe: Bubble City by Aaron Swartz. What by who? Bubble city is a blog tech novel with chapters as posts. The story takes place in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley around a startup called Newsflip… Continue reading My transatlantic air reading: Bubble City, a blog novel by Aaron Swartz

Dan 1 minute of Fake Jobs Lyons wants to donate an XO laptop to get one

The web is small and the Linux freak, Forbes-driven Fake Steve Jobs would like to participate in the “Give One Get One” program in which people can donate an XO laptop to a child in the developing world and receive one. I guess that’s the reason why he published our XO unwrapping video on his… Continue reading Dan 1 minute of Fake Jobs Lyons wants to donate an XO laptop to get one

Google’s knollers and the bloggers: cooperation or competition?

Everybody is comparing Google’s Knol project to Wikipedia intended to be a “repository of knowledge from experts on various topics” (NYT) or “a free, ad-supported publishing system” (Wired), currently a “private, invitation-only knowledge sharing service” (Blogoscoped). But for a biotech blogger like me the first association is to compare Knol to the blogosphere. Just think… Continue reading Google’s knollers and the bloggers: cooperation or competition?

Biogeekipedia: collecting raw materials

Wired’s Geekipedia is marketed as “People, places, ideas and trends you need to know now“. As such you can find biology and biotech related terms in it (part of the current hip and tech-savvy culture) like ‘stem cells‘, ‘RNAi‘ or ‘brain implants‘, explained. But you won’t find the terms ‘Natureplex’, ‘executable cell biology’, ‘Open Notebook… Continue reading Biogeekipedia: collecting raw materials

The Regeneration Station – a biotech blog by Aastrom’s Jon Rowley

Jon Rowley is a senior manager at Aastrom Biosciences with a long experience in the not too old Regenerative Medicine field. I am pleased to introduce here his new blog The Regeneration Station as one of the first biotech – regmed blog written by an industrial expert who will share with us his insights on… Continue reading The Regeneration Station – a biotech blog by Aastrom’s Jon Rowley

What is your (science) blogging writing style, Chris Patil?

I have to interrupt my 23andMe streaming cause there are more interesting things are goin’ on. Chris Patil of Ouroboros has already been a blogterviewee (Part 1, 2, 3) on Pimm. He then shared his detailed views on aging and life extension technologies, but I always wanted to ask Chris about his approach on blogging… Continue reading What is your (science) blogging writing style, Chris Patil?

What is your (science) blogging writing style, Maxine Clarke?

I met Maxine online first when she commented my post on the The problem of online “supporting information” in peer-review articles and then interviewed her on Nature policies concerning the same problem. Then I met Maxine offline in London and learnt a lot on how every issue of Nature is born and other insights I… Continue reading What is your (science) blogging writing style, Maxine Clarke?

What is your (science) blogging writing style, Deepak Singh?

Actually the idea of asking science bloggers about their style came to my mind reading one email remark of Deepak on the writing style. Deepak is the guy behind business/byte/genes/molecules and he was a Sci Foo camper this year. He is one amongst the few bloggers who are standing at the intersection of science and… Continue reading What is your (science) blogging writing style, Deepak Singh?

Blogrunner Science vs. Scienceblogs vs. Postgenomic?

Alien vs. Predator like stupid question for the weekend: Which do you think is the best source when it is about interesting and quality science content: the Techmeme clone Blogrunner (here it’s the science channel of Blogrunner), that is the newly launched automated online news service and blogs aggregator by the New York Times or… Continue reading Blogrunner Science vs. Scienceblogs vs. Postgenomic?

What is your (science) blogging writing style?

Yesterday I’ve sent the following (slightly edited) email to a bunch of science bloggers I know and respect for very different reasons. I plan to blog the answers (if they come) one by one: Dear Fellow Science Blogger, Every blogger has his/her blogging writing style and in many cases we do know the components our… Continue reading What is your (science) blogging writing style?

Science’s Netwatch: Aging blog in focus

Here is another sign that the editors at Science Magazine are taking more and more attention to the web and the scientific blogosphere: Ouroboros (that is: Chris, Okie and Lev) was picked up in the Random Samples column of the current Science issue: “But research on aging is booming, and the field’s good health is… Continue reading Science’s Netwatch: Aging blog in focus

Feed reading trends: I am a Valleywag addict, help me!

Show me your feed reading habits and I’ll tell you who you are! I hope this statement is not true as according the item reading trends on Google Reader I have been a serious Valleywag addict in the last 30 days and more, I suspect. Although extensively reading a funny, well-informed but malicious tech gossip… Continue reading Feed reading trends: I am a Valleywag addict, help me!

Greg Block’s Oracy and science as an exercise in humanitarianism

Did you now what oracy means? Never mind. From late September, Oracy is the blog of Tulane grad student and colleague Gregory Block, whom you can catch now just in the middle of finding his blog voice. Topics are focused on rants about science (specially stem cells), Greg’s melancholy music and stories from New Orleans.… Continue reading Greg Block’s Oracy and science as an exercise in humanitarianism

How to get the number of feed subscribers via Google Reader?

Problogger reveals that Google Reader Reveal Subscriber Numbers to Feeds which is a good way to monitor blog popularity. The problem is that Problogger’s howto is not a good one and hard to follow: “The subscriber numbers can be seen simply by doing a search for a blog’s name after clicking the ‘Add Subscription’ link… Continue reading How to get the number of feed subscribers via Google Reader?

Where are the quality stem cell blogs?

Honestly, there are not too many good, stem cell related blogs out there. By “good stem cell blogs” I mean blogs that are regularly updated in a niche stem cell related field full with quality science information followed by original opinions and ideas and not just human or algorithmic link blogs. Here are 3 solid… Continue reading Where are the quality stem cell blogs?

Visiting the Nature Headquarters, part 1: the internal Nurture blog

Even those scientists, who don’t have any journalism, or out of niche discipline interests (the vast majority), would be eager to take a closer look at how Nature, the number one scientific weekly journal is made, how the articles are peer reviewed, how the column structure looks like, what are the future perspectives of Nature… Continue reading Visiting the Nature Headquarters, part 1: the internal Nurture blog

Blogs invade The Scientist: vote for your favorite life science blog!

At The Scientist, the editors are awaiting your suggestions on your favorite life science blogs to gather the list of blogs that are especially hot for life science researchers. They asked 7 science bloggers, 5 from ScienceBlogs by SEED (Abel Pharmboy, Bora Zivkovic, Carl Zimmer, Newamul Khan, PZ Myers) and 2 independent bloggers (Ed Silverman… Continue reading Blogs invade The Scientist: vote for your favorite life science blog!

Uncensored gmail chat between 2 science bloggers on adult issues

me: Hi Bora, can you send me the Nature piece on the Blogging Anthology? I am not in the Institute and do not have subscription http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447779b.html Sent at 8:58 PM on Wednesday me: cheers 🙂 Bora: No problem. Thanks. me: wait that is some old stuff. Published online: 22 January 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070122-I’ve read that… Continue reading Uncensored gmail chat between 2 science bloggers on adult issues

The Niche: The Stem Cell Blog hosted by Nature Stem Cell Reports

How many fine niche stem cell blogs do you know? 4-3-2-1? How many with an attractive, easy to remember name? 0? Good, short, actual and proper blog names are rare. Let me introduce you The Niche which intends to become THE Stem Cell Blog in the niche of the niches. It is the newest Nature… Continue reading The Niche: The Stem Cell Blog hosted by Nature Stem Cell Reports