It was just over a decade ago that I started making websites and it’ s been a wild ride.
My 1st site was at the domain name www.chromatin.com, which I was lucky to have been able to get for a good deal way back when… I believe in 2005.
You can see here an earlier 2007 copy of the archive of one associated with my first versions of the Knoepfler lab website on chromatin. com. I first put up that website round the time that I moved here to UC Davis in July 2006.
Then later within 2007 I started a stem cell-focused website which includes stem cell meeting listings, photos, and some science materials, at the domain www.stem.ws. For instance, see an store here (scroll down to see real archived text content). Over those first couple of years, some students and faculty mentioned to me that they experienced seen my website.
In early 2010 We started this blog that you are now reading, first at the www.stem.ws address and then later at www.ipscell.com. It really all began with the www.chromatin.com site though.
At my chromatin. com website early on I had an animated video associated with chromatin changes in neural progenitors as a function associated with N-Myc levels (screenshot above). I’ m trying to find that will video file.
Back in 2006 as I had been gearing up the Chromatin and Knoepfler lab websites I might guess that overall maybe only 10-20% of labs experienced their own dedicated websites, but it was catching on. Now it appears as though a no-brainer that every lab, new or old, needs a minumum of one website if not more.
In the first few years of the blog, the big debate on stem cells in the Oughout. S. was over federal funding of research upon human embryonic stem cells (hESC). It seems strange that will in a way things may be coming full circle again as numerous in the field are stressed out that restrictions may again be used to hESC funding. Wouldn’ t that be a sad deja vu?
Six or seven in years past I even was called a baby killer in some responses on this blog and in some emails since I support hESC research. Other unexpected happenings included requests from individuals asking me to clone them or clone youngsters who passed away. Some wanted IPS cells made from by themselves. Some threatened me in various ways. I was sockpuppeted. There is the whole STAP cell explosion. People randomly have emailed me all kinds of odd science documents over the years, most of that i couldn’ t post because they were too sensitive. Exactly what am I supposed to do with them?
But mainly, the response has been extremely positive.
There were big changes in 10 years both for the stem cellular field and the Internet including science on the web. Where can we all be in another 10 years on these fronts? The following couple years alone could see profound changes. For example, I wonder if we’ ll see more real-time technology on the web.