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"In a paper published today in the journal Cell, Snyder, a genetics professor at Stanford University, and his collaborators recount 14 months of living a Truman Show kind of life, but with a microscope instead of a television camera. His story marks the first time anyone's physiology has ever been followed this closely, and portends the future of personalized medicine."
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"Don’t get SOPA’d": Congress learns to fear the Internet public

I found echoes of Thomas Jefferson's notion that when people fear the government, there is oppression, and when government fears the people, there is liberty, in the opening of Kim Hart's recent piece in Politico about the ongoing reaction in Washington to the SOPA/PiPA protests:

"In the wake of the Internet blackout that led to the dramatic death of two controversial online piracy bills, a new warning has entered the Hill vernacular: 'Don’t get SOPA’d.'

Unfortunately, after that provocative opening, the story devolves into the familiar narrative about the competition between "Hollywood" and "Silicon Valley", reinforcing the prevailing notion that the job of Congress is to balance the interests of two competing lobbies rather than looking after what is best for the citizens of our republic. The SOPA protests weren't the work of some Silicon Valley lobby; as +Andrew Rasiej said to me recently, they were the work of "the Internet public."

(Andrew noted that that lovely term, "the Internet Public," was coined by Dave Parry in his essay "It’s not the Public Internet, It is the Internet Public." http://profoundheterogeneity.com/2011/02/its-not-the-public-internet-it-is-the-internet-public/)
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News out of DC: RIP Research Works Act

I just received a joint statement from Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, regarding H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act. Here's the too long/didn't version that I just tweeted: they will not be taking legislative action on the bill.

Notable timing: Elsevier pulled support from it this morning:
http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/newmessagerwa

Here's some context on the bill:
http://storify.com/digiphile/on-open-access-open-science-and-congress

And here's the official Issa-Maloney statement:

"The introduction of HR 3699 has spurred a robust, expansive debate on the topics of scientific and scholarly publishing, intellectual property protection, and public access to federally funded research. Since its introduction, we have heard from numerous stakeholders and interested parties on both sides of this important issue.

As the costs of publishing continue to be driven down by new technology, we will continue to see a growth in open access publishers. This new and innovative model appears to be the wave of the future. The transition must be collaborative, and must respect copyright law and the principles of open access. The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate. As such, we want Americans concerned about access to research and other participants in this debate to know we will not be taking legislative action on HR 3699, the Research Works Act. We do intend to remain involved in efforts to examine and study the protection of intellectual property rights and open access to publicly funded research."
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