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‘INTERVENTION’ IS 5 YEARS OLD!
GOT AN EXTRA $20(n) TO FUND THE SEQUEL?

by ~ December 14th, 2011

It is five years almost to the day since I published Intervention, my book on genetic engineering and risk. And I am more convinced than ever that everything I wrote about was spot-on. It seems like every week there is a new revelation about harmful consequences of living biotech products in the wild — consequences […]

INVENTING A BETTER PARADIGM
FOR TALKING ABOUT RISK AND INNOVATION

by ~ June 1st, 2010

Today is the first day of my month-long fellowship at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, in the College of Fine Art at Carnegie Mellon University. I am here at the invitation of Golan Levin, director of the studio and, back in the day, a former colleague at Interval Research. The fellowship is funded by the […]

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY HITS
THE LEHRER NEWS HOUR

by ~ December 31st, 2008

Kudos to the synthetic biology community and MIT’s public relations department for getting the iGEM competition on the Lehrer News Hour. You can listen to the podcast here. I was happy to hear that amidst all the enthusiasm, some rational voices were also given air time. One of them was Roger Brent, director of the […]

FOUND TREASURE: A PAPER ON
THE MACARTHUR RESEARCH NETWORKS

by ~ December 30th, 2008

Going through old files the other day, I came across a MacArthur Foundation Occasional Paper that had a profound effect on my thinking about interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Now 15 years old, An Experiment in Scientific Organization by Robert L. Kahn, is finally available online. It details the history and practices of the MacArthur Foundation’s […]

INNOVATION, COLLABORATION AND ENGELBART’S
‘UNFINISHED REVOLUTION’: COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

by ~ December 9th, 2008

I’m racing off to Stanford University for a conference honoring the 40th anniversary of Douglas Engelbart’s ‘Mother of All Demos.” Called Program for the Future, the conference aims to explore ways to “enhance our capacity for problem solving, decision making knowledge organization and planning in every field of human endeavor.” When I interviewed Engelbart on […]

ANTHRAX, TERRORISM AND RISK COMMUNICATION
WHY WE NEED SOCIAL SCIENTISTS IN GOVERNMENT

by ~ December 7th, 2008

A few posts ago, I made a plea for the Obama administration to include social scientists in the mix as it moves to return science to its rightful position of inclusion and respect in the public policy sphere. If you want just one real-life example of what’s at stake by not doing so, read this […]

ALLHAT, NO CATTLE?
SCIENCE, POLITICS AND PHARMA

by ~ December 4th, 2008

Maybe my imagination is getting the best of me, but I laughed out loud when I read last Thursday’s New York Times article about the minimal impact of a big hypertension study published in 2000 that compared various blood pressure drugs. The study was called the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial, […]

UNCERTAINTY IS NOT A FACTOR IN
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY — IT’S THE FACTOR

by ~ November 20th, 2008

Earlier this week, I got a phone call from Steve Aldrich and Jim Newcomb, respectively CEO and director of research for Bio Economic Research Associates, a private research and advisory firm. They’d read my paper on risk and synthetic biology and thought my characterization of their report on synthetic biology, “Genome Synthesis and Design Futures: […]

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY:
FIVE DAYS, FOUR CONVERSATIONS

by ~ November 20th, 2008

I don’t know what kind of planetary alignment took place over the past week with regards to synthetic biology, but whatever it was, I like it. Over the course of five days in November, from Thursday the 13th to Monday the 17th, four conversations about synthetic biology took place. They involved everyone from non-profit leaders […]

NOTE TO OBAMA’S SCIENCE POLICY TEAM:
DON’T LEAVE OUT THE SOCIAL SCIENCES!

by ~ November 17th, 2008

My next column in Strategy+Business (coming out in Winter 2009) will be about the need to rewrite our innovation policies from scratch. I strongly believe that we need to move beyond simplistic “greasing of the wheels” for corporations via tax credits and patent reform, and look more closely at how to create a whole new […]