I'll be spending the next few days at the Biology of Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor, NY - one of the most awaited events on the genomics calendar. I plan to blog here about the major themes emerging from the meeting; you can also follow me on Twitter if you want shorter, punchier updates, and I've set up a FriendFeed group for more complex topics.
I'd love to know what you thought of the CSHL ELSI panel on privacy.
I'm ashamed to say I didn't go - I unfortunately had another meeting scheduled at the same time, and science won over ethics!
Ach, isn't that always the case...:-)
Hey! I am listening to this! :) I am looking forward to what comes together ElSI-wise for the CSHL Personal Genomes mtg this fall. Daniel, are you going to that meeting as well?
And thanks for this recap - really fascinating stuff.
Sorry, I missed your comment somehow - no, unfortunately I won't be able to make the Personal Genomes meeting. You can imagine how much I wish I could. :-(
I tried posting this over at sciencemag blog, but they kept telling me my text was wrong.
Why are CSHL kowtowing to a subscription-based media outlet?
I'm sure GenomeWeb would love scientists to stop blogging. They're a subscription based news service that is quite happy to pull their stories from open access pubs and blogs which they are then selling to their subscribers. It's a great business model for them.
Restricting information seems to be a wrong-headed approach to me. However, it would certainly be polite and politic for bloggers to ask before posting information on a researcher's unpublished results.
CSHL isn't really kowtowing to GenomeWeb as far as I can tell - GW has alerted them to a potential violation of their policy protecting presenters from having their work discussed publicly, and CSHL is acting to close the loophole.
I don't think there's any evidence that GW wants scientists to stop blogging. Quite the contrary, in fact - GW's Daily Scan sends a lot of traffic my way; and in general I think GW doesn't see their longer, sourced articles as being in competition with the generally brief, unsourced posts from bloggers (and I would tend to agree with them on this).
Finally, CSHL's new policy doesn't seem to restrict blogging beyond asking bloggers to seek permission before writing about presented work. This is fair in the context of CSHL's overall policy towards reporting of presentations, and I will certainly be doing this for future meetings.
Oh, and commenting on the Science blog seems to be completely broken - I got the same error message. Very odd...
There were many helpful discoveries, in medical field or biology coming from Cold Spring Harbor lab. It's time to start appreciating and rewarding their work.