Advocacy for Rejuvenation Research is as Much a Process of Documentation as it is a Process of Persuasion - BioscienceNews - LONGECITY

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"In this model of human endeavor, knowledge flows outward while funds and newly participating members of the community flow inward - or at least, that is the ideal. In practice, managing this flow of knowledge is a big and thorny problem: many of the most important movements in technology over the last few decades have focused on how to best move knowledge from inner circles to outer circles. Consider the open science movements, fights over closed journal business models, and the many efforts to try to adopt open source practices in the scientific community, to consider but a few examples....The irony of the situation is that documentation isn't expensive in the grand scheme of things, and certainly not in comparison to earnest clinical development. It doesn't require more than a few weeks of part-time work for a life scientist, a graphic artist, and an editor to produce a long document that explains exactly how to replicate a demonstrated research result in longevity science - a way to extend life in mice, for example. That document will explain the research in plain English, at length, and in a way clearly comprehensible to people who are not cutting edge scientists: exactly what is needed open the door to a far wider audience for that research. More rather than less of this should be the normal state of affairs, but at present it is not the case...."


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