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New Media for the New Biology


A new magazine? Why, in this Age of the Internet, would anyone do anything so retrograde as to start a new magazine? And about biology? And technology? Or technology and biology? What’s up with that?

Simply put, we think magazines are terrific -and we think that a great subject for one is the technology-led culture change in life sciences research. Call it what you will -industrial biology, systems biology, high-throughput this or large-scale that -there is no question that big change is afoot and that in coming years everyone in life sciences research will be affected.

Genome Technology is dedicated to documenting and illuminating that change for the people who are living through it and living in it.

Still, just because we are fond of dead-tree media like magazines doesn’t mean we disdain the Web. Not for nothing is our parent company called GenomeWeb. We happen to think that paper is good for some things and the Web is good for other things and that we are clever enough to combine them in a way that you will find useful. First read this magazine and then visit You’ll get the idea.

We are not here to out-science Science or to out-nature Nature. Our aim is to give you something to read that will help you to navigate and enjoy what we are calling the new biology.

In Genome Technology you will read about people and careers and problems and solutions and money and technology and trends and hype. And we hope that you find our approach clear and fair and fun.

So, on to the thank-yous. Thanks to our editorial team of journalists, photographers, and artists for delivering fabulous content. Thanks to our charter advertisers for seeing the wisdom of our approach. Thanks to our investors for continuing to believe in the magic of the printed page. And thanks especially to the visionary scientists, engineers, software gurus, entrepreneurs, and financiers who are creating the new biology, thereby giving us something to write about.

Let us know what you think of the inaugural issue. Send snail mail to Editor, Genome Technology,
125 Maiden Lane, Second Floor, New York, NY 10038
or e-mail to [email protected]

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.