JAY BRADNER, MD, IS A RESEARCHER AT THE DANA-FARBER Cancer Institute in Boston. In 2010, he and his team discovered an important formula:
CIC1 = CC = C(C2 = N[C@@H](CC(OC(C)(C)C) = O)C3 = NN = C(C)N3C4 = C2C(C) = C(C)S4C = C1
Then he decided to give it away.
At a TEDx talk in Boston in June 2011, Bradner described the unusual journey that led from a series of lab experiments to what he called a social experiment: opening up the results of his cancer research early on for the world to see. Bradner is a member of the scientific establishment in very good standing. He directs a lab at one of the most prestigious cancer research centers in the world. Yet as he talks about his ...