Microbiologists: be your own media

Chris Condayan, ASM’s public outreach and media guru (and the guy behind the scenes of MicrobeWorld), has an editorial in the latest issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology. Cleverly titled “Culture media,” Condayan encourages microbiologists to get involved sharing their knowledge online (and gives examples of ways they can do so). He notes:

As long as the internet remains free from regulation, every microbiologist has just as much access to online distribution as the BBC and CNN do. And in this day and age, if you don’t start sharing knowledge and news online, you may run the risk of becoming irrelevant in the near future.

If you can’t get your hands on the whole article, drop me an email and I can send it along.


  1. #1 RBH
    August 14, 2008

    You folks ever use MicrobeWiki?

  2. #2 BTF
    August 14, 2008

    is another microbial wiki.

    But it is pretty specific to one undergraduate level class on

  3. #3 Epicanis
    August 14, 2008

    Dang paywalls!

    The article sounds quite relevant – is there a way I can get to it without going through a paywall?

  4. #4 TomJoe
    August 15, 2008

    I believe Tara said you could email her for a copy. If that doesn’t work, drop me an email and I’ll forward it to you.

  5. #5 eddie
    August 17, 2008

    “microbiologists be your own media”

    Isn’t that dangerous; culturing bacteria on your own body?

  6. #6 BioinfoTools
    August 17, 2008

    Ediie, we’re already doing that 24/7/365…

  7. #7 Hank Roth
    August 22, 2008

    Not everything is a joke. I admit much about life is purposeless but the objectives for sharing information are reasonable. There should not be a premium on knowledge. I know when I started out on the InterNUT, that was the charm of this wonderful media and then it changed and greed invaded the system. I agree with the author. Keep it accessible and keep it free. Information must remain free. Pay as you go is economics. Knowledge is science.

    Hank Roth

  8. #8 Chris Condayan
    August 28, 2008

    Thanks Tara for mentioning this. Talk about ironic – an article about sharing knowledge freely behind a pay per view firewall. LOL.

  9. #9 beffo
    March 20, 2012

    The article sounds quite relevant – is there a way I can get to it without going through a paywall?

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