The conditions of a mass biotech DIY movement

The idea of doing biological experiments with current biotechnological methods and conducting research projects at home is quite new. There are already many names in use referring to the same concept: bioDIY, home biology, biotech DIY, garage biology. We have a detailed case example which can be considered as the first registered, high profile biotech… Continue reading The conditions of a mass biotech DIY movement

Biotechies at O’Reilly ETech, March 3 – 6, San Diego

The O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) is on and this year they had a growing number of biotech related sessions. Fellow SciFoo Campers like Hugh Rienhoff and Timo Hannay, Makers like Phil Torrone and Limor Fried, Brain Hackers like Ed Boyden are visiting and many more.

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?

Tim O’ Reilly at Nature: science meets bored tech-savvyness to find new things

As a biotech geek blogger and occasionally Make contributor, who stands at the intersection of science and technology with a (life) science bias, it is more and more exciting to see how the attractive brands of the 2 sides are building the bridge and creating a shared channel. So far, the biggest manifestation of this… Continue reading Tim O’ Reilly at Nature: science meets bored tech-savvyness to find new things

Let’s build Stem Cell Labs on the Globe with Google My Maps!

Stem Cell Labs on the Globe is a would-be map of important, worldwide stem cell locations made by Google My Maps. Let us help to build it further in order to easily find all the interesting academic stem cell places that you need to know. With Google My Maps you can create personalized, annotated, customized… Continue reading Let’s build Stem Cell Labs on the Globe with Google My Maps!

Forget about submitting your scientific papers written in Word 2007

Wow, I feel fresh air, although I am not sure whether the following news is a beginning of any deeper changes or not: From Science Authors Guideline: “Because of changes Microsoft has made in its recent Word release that are incompatible with our internal workflow, which was built around previous versions of the software, Science… Continue reading Forget about submitting your scientific papers written in Word 2007

Second Annual Maker Faire this weekend and expecting the First BioMaker Faire…

Builders, Hackers, Do-It-Yourselfers are gathering around this weekend at the most visible embodiment of the Maker spirit, the Maker Faire 2007 at San Mateo Fairgrounds, California. I remember the inquisitive and incredulous eyes of the traditional tech makers, coders, engineers while presenting my placental stem cell project at Euro Maker Faire last year. Now imagine… Continue reading Second Annual Maker Faire this weekend and expecting the First BioMaker Faire…

Stem Cell Lab Monitor: post series on excellent stem cell labs

Research in life sciences is more a team effort than ever. If you take a look on an average peer review article, in most cases there are as many as 6 authors and usually from more than 1 lab. But the basic unit and currency of any valuable research contribution is a LAB. Not the… Continue reading Stem Cell Lab Monitor: post series on excellent stem cell labs

Nature Network Global Beta and social networking 2.0 for scientists

If you are busy building a professional career and want things to get done, it’s time to forget MySpace, Facebook or any other social networking 1.0 sites, that are focusing on friendship, love, spam whatever with a general membership. What you need is social networking 2.0, which is based on the special profession you’re in,… Continue reading Nature Network Global Beta and social networking 2.0 for scientists

Nature Publishing Editor on the idea of a public scientific multimedia site

Maxine Clarke, Publishing Executive Editor of Nature and blogger of Peer-to-Peer got interested in the problem of “supporting information” and in the idea of an open access, peer-review supporting information aggregator website. She shared with me her valuable thoughts and informations by mail, from which I now publish parts with the permission of Maxine Clarke… Continue reading Nature Publishing Editor on the idea of a public scientific multimedia site

Unlimited Life Extension Petition to U.S. Congress and President: a good address?

The Coalition to Extend Life launched today an online petition to U.S. Congress and President in order to make the technological possibility of Indefinite Life Extension a national priority and public policy goal of the United States. They ask the power people to create the 4 main conditions that will make it possible. 1. a… Continue reading Unlimited Life Extension Petition to U.S. Congress and President: a good address?

Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

Most of us believe that the massive spreading of an idea through the channels of society, say, ‘big-scale life extension technology is possible and worth realizing’, depends on highly influential people’s production and characteristics. So hardcore life extension supporters tend to think if Aubrey de Grey or Ray Kurzweil will hold another 120-120 presentations in… Continue reading Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

Pimm joins to the Week of Science initiative

I accepted to post only on strict science topics on the second week of February, from 5 till 11. You can sign up too. The initiative, which has an own blog, called Just Science were made by 3 Scienceblogs by Seed bloggers, the authors behind Evolgen, Gene Expression and Mixing Memory. Their motivations are partly… Continue reading Pimm joins to the Week of Science initiative

Nature Medicine 2.0 alarms by its editor in chief

Oops, the folks at Nature Publishing Group are more and more watching us, the people of the second-generation Internet, you know the two point oh. Recently, the editor chief of Nature Medicine (impact factor 28.878 in 2005), Juan Carlos Lopez wrote and editorial and even a blog post concerning “what is the Web 2.0–driven scientific… Continue reading Nature Medicine 2.0 alarms by its editor in chief

Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

James Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Maximum Life Foundation which supports aging and life extension research with a mature and secure VC fund strategy (next blogterviewee, David Kekich, C.E.O. of MaxLife). 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I have been interested in… Continue reading Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Nick Bostrom is an analytic philosopher by profession in Oxford, but he has a strong background in science too. He is also the co-founder and current chair of the World Transhumanist Association. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I did not think much about the topic until I learned about various… Continue reading Life extension interviews: Nick Bostrom and the philosopher’s point of view

Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

At last there is an almost perfect solution for life scientists to share video protocols and insider tricks to learn techniques and repeat experiments properly. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a newly founded and FREE online research journal that publishes video-articles on biological experiments (video-protocols). It is an independent project by 2 people, Moshe… Continue reading Biological Video Protocols on JoVE: Online Journal of Visualized Experiments

Kevin Dewalt’s answers: technology professional, lifestyle life extensionist

Kevin Dewalt is an American technology professional, presently working at a VC. Kevin is a strong life extension supporter. We’ve met online at Baris Karadogan’s blog. I specially liked his “happy argument” for maximum life extension on the psychological level, see answer 3. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? When I… Continue reading Kevin Dewalt’s answers: technology professional, lifestyle life extensionist

What can/will You do for life extension? Answer these questions first.

Dear Reader, if You are stem cell researcher, life scientist, medical doctor, scholar, activist, bloggers, IT professional, venture capitalist, philosopher, economist, politician, decision maker, businessman, biotech- or big pharma manager, plastic surgeon, hairdresser… who support life extension, please answer the questions below and send me to [attilacsordas][at][gmail.com] to get blogterviewed.

John Cumbers’ DIY approach to life extension: personal genomics and synthetic biology

John Cumbers made the Drosophila CHiP protocol video. He is a graduate student at the Tatar lab in Brown University, USA. Below are his answers to the blogterview questions and through answer 5 you can take a fresh look at the bottom-up approach of synthetic biology.

2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

The spectrum of the life extension blogterviewees is broad: scholars, activists, IT people, VC folks, … and is broadening further. Here are 2 more activists/bloggers who put their answers to their blog: Anne Corwin and the aphoristically dense Phil Bowermaster. Thanks for answering. I ‘d like to emphasize that I modified questions 4-5, and introduced… Continue reading 2 more bloggers’ answers: Anne Corwin and Phil Bowermaster

Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Aubrey de Grey is the man, who first made serious, scientifically conceptualized life extension speech acceptable within scholarly circles through good timing, well-done strategy and with a little bit of luck. The rest is … (I’ve slightly modified the original question 4 and separated questions concerning the probable technologies of moderate and maximum life extension.)… Continue reading Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

The bioinformatics bet: what can IT folks do for life extension?

Briefly: A lot. As you might have noticed, for me as biotechnologist/life extensionist, the most important reference group is the group of IT people, because of the engineering approach, software-hardware tools, intuition concerning technology and funds. After Reason and Chris, our next answerer is Jim Craig, who published his answers here as a comment first… Continue reading The bioinformatics bet: what can IT folks do for life extension?

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, III.: What can blogs do for life extension?

This is the last part of the blogterview with Chris Patil about the growing role of blogs and the web in aging research and life extension activism. Spread, summarize, criticize, connect. Thanks Chris for the answers. Part I. Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I. Part II. Blogterview with Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, II.:… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil, III.: What can blogs do for life extension?

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Ouroboros is a weblog mainly for people in the life sciences focusing on the different aspects of aging research through scanning articles published in peer-review journals. The blogger behind is Chris Patil, a postdoctoral fellow, currently working with Judith Campisi in the Life Sciences division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, California. If Fight Aging!… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Blogterview with Fight Aging!’s Reason: answers to life extension questions

Our first answerer to the 6 questions is Reason, who is the main driving force of the biggest and most established life extension site, Fight Aging! (Technorati Rank) and The Longevity Meme, continuously from 2001. 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I don’t like the idea of decaying, suffering and dying.… Continue reading Blogterview with Fight Aging!’s Reason: answers to life extension questions

5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

My plan is to make short interviews using the same 6 questions with today’s life extension supporters/bloggers around the blogosphere. The first answerer will be Reason, the engine behind Fight Aging! and Longevity Meme. Here are the questions: 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? 2. Is it a commitment for moderate… Continue reading 5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

Stem Cells’ growing role in U.S. politics: StemCandidates meet Pacman

John Hlinko, veteran internet grass-roots organizer has launched a website called StemCellCandidates to highlight — and facilitate donations for — the races in which the stem cell issue is most likely to tip the scales. Hlinko is also the man behind StemPac, a U.S. stem cell research supporting coaliton, which includes professional political consultants, scientists… Continue reading Stem Cells’ growing role in U.S. politics: StemCandidates meet Pacman

Factors to consider before saying YES to the extension of life

A study at the University of Queensland, Australia examined community attitudes to the extension of life headed by project Research Manager Dr Mair Underwood (left): Dr Underwood said the most important consideration was quality of life as participants did not want to spend their extra years in a nursing home. But study participants also mentioned… Continue reading Factors to consider before saying YES to the extension of life

Joining the healthy life extension community

Influential daily news article about the pimmblog on The Longevity Meme by Reason. Now LM is one of the main web channel of the worldwide but small life extension community, so it is an honor indeed. Remember: we live in a niche, niche world. Today healthy and maximum life extension is in the minds of… Continue reading Joining the healthy life extension community