" What made Martha [Stewart]'s critique particularly memorable,
though, is that her observation was directly relevant to what
emerged from Sci Foo as the big idea about the future of
"It wasn't official, of course, but the big idea kept popping
up: Science as a whole should consider adopting the ideals of 'Web
2.0,' becoming more like the community process behind Wikipedia or
the open-source operating system Linux. And that goes double for
synthetic biology, the current buzzword for a superambitious type
of biotechnology that draws on the techniques of computer science.
There were more sessions devoted to ideas along these lines than to
any other topic, and the presenters of those sessions tended to be
the younger ones, indicating that the notion is ascendant..."