snowdeal logo

archives archives

{bio,medical} informatics

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

bookmark: connotea :: ::digg ::furl ::reddit ::yahoo::

find related articles. powered by google. The Boston Globe Battle lines drawn on genetic frontier
"The question of how to patent proteins, the human body's workhorses, is creating a fierce and far-reaching debate in government and industry over a field seen as one of the hottest arenas on the genetic frontier.

The science of structural genomics is as complex as it is promising, and the stakes are potentially huge - pitting scientist against scientist, start-up against start-up, and drawing in some of the mightiest of agencies and charities in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

The consensus being sought may help determine the future of one of today's emerging fields of biotechnology research."
find related articles. powered by google. BioMedNet Some information wants to be free
[requires 'free' registration]
"GeneProt, a new Swiss proteomics company, will open its first facility in Geneva this week and is building a second one in Princeton, New Jersey. Founder Denis Hochstrasser has said that the company's data on proteins without commercial value, such as housekeeping proteins, will be available for free. The company is seeking proteins that either make good targets for drug development and diagnostics, or proteins that provide therapeutic benefit themselves.

Reference: Abbot, A. 2001. Swiss proteomics company aims to make big impact. Nature 410(6831):856."

redux [02.27.01]
find related articles. powered by google. The Financial Times Opinion: No price should be placed on the book of life
"Let me be frank here: my view is, and always has been, that the information in the genome is our genetic heritage and should not be profited from directly. It is not for sale. This is a pro partnership, not an anti-business, stance. We want to ensure that the entire world has equal access to the data, so that the potential health benefits are reaped by the many, rather than the few.

As Prime Minister Blair said: "The knowledge contained in the map of the human genome has the power to touch the lives of everyone on the planet." It is for precisely this reason that our commitment should be for the entire world to use this data so the benefits can be realised by all, and major killers such as malaria, tuberculosis, river blindness and leprosy will not be neglected."
find related articles. powered by google. The Economist Science and profit
"ONCE upon a time, pure and applied science were the same. Sir Humphry Davy discovered seven chemical elements, and invented the miner’s safety lamp. Louis Pasteur investigated the properties of molecules, and worked out how to stop milk spoiling. Everybody thought that was admirable. Somehow, things have changed. Today the feeling is widespread that science and commerce should not—must not—mix. There is a queasy suspicion that the process of discovery is in some way corrupted if it is driven by profit."

"Far from compromising science, profit in both these cases—the development of new medicines and the elucidation of the genome—has animated it, and directed it towards meeting pressing human needs. It is a happy marriage. Davy and Pasteur would surely have approved."

[ rhetoric ]

Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


[ search ]

[ outbound ]

biospace / genomeweb / bio-it world / scitechdaily / biomedcentral / the panda's thumb / / nodalpoint / flags and lollipops / on genetics / a bioinformatics blog / andrew dalke / the struggling grad student / in the pipeline / gene expression / free association / pharyngula / the personal genome / genetics and public health blog / the medical informatics weblog / linuxmednews / nanodot / complexity digest /

eyeforpharma /

nsu / nyt science / bbc scitech / newshub / biology news net /

informatics review / stanford / bmj info in practice / bmj info in practice /

[ schwag ]

look snazzy and support the site at the same time by buying some snowdeal schwag !

[ et cetera ]

valid xhtml 1.0?

This site designed by
Eric C. Snowdeal III .
© 2000-2005