Scientific Communication: Lessons from Penicillin

Despite its life-saving potential, the therapeutic benefits of penicillin were not realized until a decade after its discovery. While modern advances in literature dissemination has enabled even the most obscure paper to reach the hands of thirsty scientists, our ability to process the information contained in these papers has remained limited by the capacity of the human mind.

In the talk below, Dr. Andrew Su from Scripps Research Institute, proposes that the solution to the human mind bottleneck is what is colloquially known as citizen science.


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