TS Picks: March 15, 2016

Profile of a CRISPR pioneer; SciHub, open access, and for-profit publishing; improving ecological models

Tracy Vence
Mar 15, 2016


Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • The Wall Street Journal last week (March 11) profiled Jennifer Doudna, a CRISPR pioneer who said researchers should hold off on editing genes in human embryos—at least for now. “Too much is still unknown about the long-term effects and its consequences,” Doudna told WSJ. “It should not proceed until we have a chance to understand better how the technology operates in those kinds of cells, as well as to provide time for societal consideration.” (See “CRISPR Patent Investigation to Begin,” The Scientist, March 9, 2016; “‘Heroes of CRISPR’ Disputed,” The Scientist, January 19, 2016; “Credit for CRISPR: A Conversation with George Church,” The Scientist, December 29, 2015.)
  • “Should all research papers be free?” asked journalist Kate Murphy in The New York Times last week (March 12). Murphy spoke with Alexandra Elbakyan, founder...