Friday, May 20, 2016
Synthetic Human Design (part 5)
The secret meeting of scientists at Harvard, organized by Harvard professor George Church, does seem to be suspicious, considered it being veiled from the public. But Church claimed that the meeting was closed to the news media because he wanted the paper the scientists submitted to a scientific journal to first have a chance at peer review. Church insisted that discussing things publicly before the publication of the paper was out of the question. However, Stanford's Drew Endy challenged this claim by posting a Twitter screenshot that is supposedly a message from the meeting organizers, which stated, "We intentionally did not invite the media, because we want everyone to speak freely and candidly without concerns about being misquoted or misinterpreted as the discussions evolve." Endy retorted, "If you need secrecy to discuss your proposed research ... you are doing something wrong."