Liz Gannes

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Google-Backed Calico Makes Big Biotech and Genetics Hires

Calico, the company founded to extend lifespans that’s funded by Google and led by former Genentech CEO and current Apple Chairman Art Levinson, said today that it has made some hefty hires. Hal Baron, who led product at Hoffmann-La Roche, is coming on as president of research and development. Princeton genetics professor David Botstein will be chief scientific officer. Oncology researcher Bob Cohen and life extension researcher Cynthia Kenyon will also be part of the team.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work