Sunday, December 4, 2011
Two items - Sunday December 4
A couple of items floated into my field of vision today. The first was an article from the Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. It is entitled "Citizen Scientists" with the subtitle - "Ordinary people taking control of their health data, making their DNA public and running their own experiments. Their big question: Why should science be left to the professionals?".
Somehow this sounded familiar.
The article can be found here. It was written by Amy Dockser Marcus. As I was reading it I was reminded of our own Citizen Researcher - Rich van Konynenburg.
Later an anonymous commenter (actually I see now that is was Cristina Montane. Thanks for that.) suggested looking at the youtube film "The New Biology". This video was made by Pacific Biosciences, where Dr. Eric Schadt is Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Schadt holds a simultaneous position at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC as the Director of Genomics and Multiscale Biology. Incidentally, Dr. Schadt is the co-creative director and co-executive producer of this film. He seems to want to get the word out about this systems biology approach. Dr. Schadt is a man in a hurry. Check it out. This film includes many other fascinating voices.