Rewriting the invention of DNA barcoding

Today I got an email from David E. Schindel, who is the Executive Secretary of the┬áConsortium for the Barcode of Life, announcing Google funding for DNA barcoding. The project aims to create a reference library of endangered species COI sequences so that DNA barcoding can be used as a tool against wildlife trafficking. Good for…

Why can’t Nature just copy and paste?

I just noticed that an old publication of mine has a typo in the title on the Nature website “Animal mitochondrial DMA recombination”, anyone want to guess what the error is? Web of Science has the correct title, Pubmed has the correct title, and it used to be correct on the Nature website, but somehow…

Are books now obsolete?

Well no, I guess they’re not. But I’ve been thinking about whether some types of book publishing are even worthwhile. So, what’s my complaint? Well, in many cases I don’t see why either publishers or paper books are of any use. I think researchers can easily self-publish PDFs that are open access, free and may…