Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Welcome to OMNOME!

Welcome to www.omnome.com and thank you for reading. If you have already been frequenting our site, you’ve probably got some idea of what we’ll be talking about here.

We picked the name, OMNOME, because we wanted this project to broadly address, with varied levels of depth, the study of all sciences. Most of our topics will fall under three main categories: 1) Biology, 2) Physics, and 3) Mathematics. We understand that we can't be experts across such a diverse array of subjects, but we hope we can talk about what we know and learn accurately and articulately.

Most articles will stand alone, but we will also regularly publish segments in a “State of the Art” series which will describe where general classes of technologies such as nanoparticles, gene therapies, stem cells, and fiber optics currently stand.

Finally, you might be wondering about the “sheep” theme of the site. We picked it as a homage to Dolly, the cute clone sheep. Dolly’s arrival in 1996 ushered in a maelstrom of news coverage which told us that Dolly would either cure diseases or lead humanity into an ethical crisis. Neither of those scenarios proved to be immediately true while potential still exists for both to become true in time. Much science coverage today follows the same model of conveying hope and fear simultaneously. We hope that we can cut through a little bit of the hyperbole in the coverage and help you get a clearer picture of what is going on in the research labs of the world.

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