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Open Source Malaria (OSM) publishes its first paper today. The project was a real thrill, because of the contributors. I’d like to thank them.Skepticism about open source research is often based on assumptions: that people will be too busy or insufficiently...
Ive been speaking to many people about funding open source drug discovery. If there is no secrecy, and no patents, then Who Will Pay? Its the obvious, central question behind the whole enterprise, particularly around Phase 3 trials. Ive been asked this probably...
In recognition of it being World TB day today, and to promote the development of urgently needed new medicines for this terrible disease I’d like to point people to a project they can be involved in from today. We very recently started Open Source TB...

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Open science is a way of conducting science where anyone can participate and all ideas and data are freely available. It’s a sensational idea for speeding up research. We’re starting to see big projects in several fields around the world, showing...
I think we need an eBay for molecules. Or maybe a Craigslist.We’ve identified some potent new antimalarials in the open source drug discovery for malaria project that are already being investigated in vivo. The series seems interesting, and we may need...
Opening up your research to the world means you a) benefit from the opinions and knowledge of The Many as you’re doing the research (rather than months afterwards), and b) have to get your research into shape because The Many can cast a critical eye on...

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I am pleased to be participating in the OSDD antimalarial drug project (AMP). You can find background material the Synaptic Leap and there are many interesting implications for this new way of working. On a more pragmatic starting point my experience as an...
Where to host chemistry data? This was the question two people asked a few weeks ago:The Broader Chemical Communitys View of Uploading DataPutting organic chemistry data on the web I had these two blog posts open in my browser since about the time they were...
I imagine most or all of our readers have heard of Thomas Midgley, the chemist responsible for some ingenious solutions to refridgeration and engine knocking - unfortunately, they were CFCs and tetraethyl lead. Go and read the wikipedia for more on this fairly...