oh dear

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Opened on:Monday, October 10, 2011 - 17:57
Last modified:Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 00:48


This Quote from this New Zealand web site is basically untrue in case anyone was confused, haven't seen the name in any peer reviewed journals either, sloppy journalism:

""Renton (Aotera) Innes was one of the 100 or so founders who designed the initial software in 2006, and has used it to map the H1N1 influenza virus structure, leading to breakthroughs against its bird flu and swine flu strains.

He was the world's first sponsored folder, existing on donations from private and company sponsorships for the past two years that he has devoted entirely to playing Foldit.

From his home in tiny Tairua on the Coromandel, Innes is currently working with his team, Anthropic Dreams, on challenges relating to biofuel, scorpion toxin, anthrax, ebola and Ecoli.

They recently designed an enzyme to stop the pipes in nuclear reactors from eroding.""

(Mon, 10/10/2011 - 17:57  |  4 comments)

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There is media misrepresentation of science, and then there's borderline libel. To those of you who are members of Baker Lab, please consider the implications of the inaccuracies in this article:

1. First, the article grossly overstates the extent of scientific breakthroughs. What has actually been done includes protein structures, but the wording of the article gives the false impression that a cure is almost imminent.

2. We can't know for sure whether Renton is actually receiving funding to fold. However, look at Comment #4, where he seeks sponsorship to support his folding. While he's certainly free to do that, this can be problematic when combined with the false claim that Renton is a founder of the game-- it could give people the wrong idea about the purpose of the Foldit project (which was meant to advance science rather than making a financial gain). The fact is that there are no immediate plans for commercializing protein folding due to potential ethical and legal complications, but people won't know unless there's an official statement on the part of the Foldit development team.

3. At the same time, it might be a good idea for Baker Lab to consider its options for legal defense. Although unlikely, it is not impossible for an individual officially outside the Foldit development team to sue for "damages"-- say, by citing IP laws and claiming that their ideas, methods, protocols, etc. were used without explicit permission (cf. "first to file" vs. "first to invent"). This could occur if the said individual plans to make a financial gain by either trying to win the case or via a settlement.

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To save myself from potential legal trouble as well, I would like to point out that the ideas I listed in my above post are pure speculation. Point #3 was meant as a hypothetical general case, NOT an accusation against Renton.

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Rest assured that we are deeply disappointed with this as well and are currently trying to contact the author of this article.

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We've just spoken with the author of the article, who said he would update and correct the article.


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